I grew up in California in a musical family and I have played and performed since I can remember. My musical background is very diverse and I look forward to sharing that experience with you.
After college I had an opportunity to move to Vail, Colorado and took time off to ski, guide, travel and expand my horizons.
During that time I developed my teaching, training and coaching skills.
I taught alpine skiing and completed all of my certifications as a full certified alpine ski instructor and Level 1 alpine ski racing coach for Vail Resorts.
I worked on the Vail Ski Patrol and ran all of the medical training and taught First Aid and CPR to many of the supporting departments at Vail Resorts
I guided whitewater rafting trips in the summers as a Class V guide and worked with the new guide training programs.
Although I never stopped playing music during those years, I returned to music full time in 2000 and have been performing, accompanying, writing, recording, directing and teaching music since then.
In the Vail area I had a piano school with 60 private students and worked with Battle Mountain High School and Eagle Valley High School in their music and theater programs.
I have also been the musical director for Porchlight Players, a community theater company out of Eagle and the Vail Valley Theater Company accompanying over 25 local performances of Broadway musicals.
I have performed both as a soloist and in bands and ensembles for many different venues throughout the Vail Valley including the Sonnenalp King’s Club, Splendido, Balata, The Ritz Carlton, Arrabelle’s Tavern on the Square and The Four Seasons.
Over the years I've had the wonderful opportunity to play with amazing artists and travel to spectacular places. I am now living in Sequim, WA located on the Olympic Peninsula. I am currently teaching piano at the Sequim Academy of Music and performing locally.
My Musical Background
I started playing the piano and performing at age 4
My father W.L. Martin was a bluegrass and country musician and taught me to play and sing by ear. We played performed all the time while I was growing up. He was an excellent entertainer and I learned from him!
I studied piano with Miss Helen Wilson until age 13
I performed my solo recital at age 13 (the program included Rhapsody in Blue and Clair de Lune)
After that I studied piano with Dr. Alan Rea ages 13 - 18. (Dr. Rea did his graduate work at Julliard)
Awards during high school:
1979-Young Musicians Piano Concerto Competition – Honorable Mention
1980-Young Musicians Piano Concerto Competition – 1st place
1981 – Music Teachers Association Piano Concerto Competition – 1st place
NAJE outstanding musicianship award in improvisation at Reno Jazz Festival
Local and All State Honor Choirs (California) – Alto
1981 “Who’s Who in Music” Library of Congress
1981 Sierra HS Music Hall of Fame
1981 Bank of America Achievement Award in the field of Fine Arts
I began accompanying the Sierra High School jazz and concert choirs when I was still in middle school and continued throughout high school. I also performed in the jazz ensembles.
I started teaching piano lessons while I was in middle school and always had students throughout high school.
1981-1983: Attended San Francisco State University as Piano Performance major