Brandon Martell

Brandon Martell is a well-rounded musician who is skilled in the arts of music performance, music composition, music arranging, and music pedagogy. In 2013, Brandon graduated from the Eastman School of Music with Bachelor of Music Degrees in Applied Music and Music Education, and a Performer’s Certificate. As a trombonist, Brandon has received many honors, including being named the winner of the American Trombone Workshop’s Tenor Trombone National Solo Competition for ages 18 and under in 2008, and being a member of the winning trombone choir, the Eastman Trombone Choir, for the International Trombone Association’s Trombone Choir Competition in 2011. He has also performed on trombone as a substitute member of the Florida Orchestra and as a touring member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As a vocalist, he performs professionally with The Dickens Carolers. In 2018, the show he composed and arranged for the Warrior Marching Band earned 1st place in the 1A Division at the Florida Marching Band Championships, and also was awarded the highest score within the caption of General Effect Music. Currently, Brandon is serving in his seventh year on faculty at Calvary Christian High School, where he is the Choral Director and Music Director for musicals. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Shaye, and their dog, Claude.

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Five Keys to Unlocking Successful Rehearsals

Do you ever find yourself utterly exhausted at the end of a rehearsal, feeling like you lost a game of tug of war against your entire band?  The podium can feel like a very lonely place at times, leaving you frustrated and feeling like the “bad guy”; however, taking a step back and focusing on…
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How to Beat Writer’s Block

Artists of all disciplines are sometimes faced with the phenomenon commonly known as “Writers Block.”In these times, we face a lack of creative inspiration, and as a result, our creative output can slow to a halt. What I wish to offer here are a few suggestions on how to cope with writer’s block, how to…
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Avoiding The Midwest Clinic Blues

Guest Blog by John M. Hillsman, band director at Beauregard High School I want to share these thoughts with band director friends, especially my younger band director friends. I formulated these ten statements over the years. Occasionally, I slightly revise one statement. I keep them handy in my notes on my phone/iPad and refer to…
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What Does New Music Teach Us?

To many, the avant-garde of music comes across as an impenetrable, pretentious wall of noise. What makes this music? And, why should we care about it? It is perhaps best to first define the term. It comes from French and translates to vanguard or advance guard. In medieval battle practice, the vanguard would travel ahead…
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