Prior to his appointment at Langley, Mr. Martin held similar positions at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, and Stuart High School in Falls Church. During his nine years at Stuart, the Stuart Bands were named a “Virginia Honor Band” seven times, and enrollment in band classes nearly doubled. Under his leadership, the Stuart Bands commissioned and gave the world premiere of “Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey, and were part of a consortium which commissioned the popular composer Eric Whitacre.
Mr. Martin is the Treasurer of the Virginia Music Educators Association. He has served in other leadership capacities for VMEA, including serving as the Logistical Coordinator for their annual conference. He has been an adjudicator and a clinician for concert, jazz, and marching band events across the state. In November 2008, Mr. Martin was named a National Board Certified Teacher, and his status was renewed in 2018. In 2017, Mr. Martin was named Fairfax County Band Director of the Year.
Mr. Martin received his Bachelor’s in Music Education magna cum laude from Florida State University, and his Master’s in Music Education with a focus in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University, where he graduated with the Distinguished Graduate Student award from the Department of Music. He lives in Alexandria with his wife Jackie, their daughter Josie, and their crazy dogs, Charlie and Ziggy.