Stephen A. Martin, percussion, is a performer, educator, and composer/arranger. His percussion teachers include Robert Hohner, Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards and Brannen Temple. He also studied composition with Kevin Puts and David Gillingham. Current positions include Adjunct Professor of Music at William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri), and Assistant Band Director at Liberty North High School. Stephen also performs frequently as a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony, and has similarly performed with the New World Symphony, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony, and the Saginaw Bay Orchestra. He has held positions with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra (Principal Percussion), Britt Festival Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, West Shore Symphony Orchestra, and Midland [Michigan] Symphony Orchestra (Principal Percussion/Assistant Timpani). He has also performed as a featured artist with the Kansas City Wind Symphony, Holland [Michigan] Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, and Windsor [Ontario] Symphony.
Before moving to Missouri, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, while also teaching as Part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Southwestern University, Adjunct Instructor of Music at Huston-Tillotson University, and Beginning Percussion Teacher at West Ridge Middle School.
Stephen was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where he later attended Central Michigan University, earning his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. He toured and recorded extensively with the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, and has performed at numerous music festivals and conferences, including the North Sea, Montreux, Detroit, and Lionel Hampton international jazz festivals. Stephen’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and abroad in nations such as Norway, Slovenia, and Canada. His percussion orchestration of Eric Whitacre’s What If? was recorded on the Grammy-nominated album, A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert.