Andrew James Martinez: Clarinet, Saxophone, Wind Ensemble

A Santa Barbara native, Andrew (he/him) started playing the saxophone at the age of 13. After being introduced to jazz music by his high school band director, the legendary Isaac Jenkins, he went on to study jazz performance at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Andrew was featured in many of their prestigious Lab Bands and studied with some of the best jazz educators in the world including Dan Haerle, James Riggs, Neil Slater, Mike Steinel, & Fred Hamilton. In August of 1999, Andrew decided to make Los Angeles his home where he performed in the bands of Engelbert Humperdinck, Sheena Easton, Jack Sheldon, Bob Florence, and Bill Holman to name a few. Andrew has also been lucky enough to perform beside some of the most talented musicians in the world including Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Dan Higgins, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Rick Baptist, Sal Lozano, Doug Webb, Don Shelton, Bill Perkins, Ron Stout, and Kim Richmond. In September of 2008, Andrew returned to Santa Barbara where he currently teaches music at Santa Barbara City College, Goleta Valley Junior High, Westmont College, and the Laby Harmony Project of the New West Symphony. Andrew also currently performs across Southern California as a featured soloist, and is the musical director of the Santa Barbara City College Monday Madness Jazz Orchestra. Andrew has been teaching at the Laby Harmony Project since 2016.

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