David Martin was born into a family that has been active in drum corps since 1937. David joined his first corps in 1955 at the age of 5. By the age of 10 he became the soloist of a local junior corps, the Irondequoit Statesmen. He was also a member of the Magnificent Yankees of Utica and St. Joseph’s of Batavia, New York. David started his senior corps years in 1967 at the age of 16 with the Rochester Crusaders where he immediately became their soloist. In 1974 David began teaching, writing and soloing with the Rochester Phoenix, the Crusaders again and Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni. David was instrumental in the creation of the Empire Statesmen and served as their first musical director, arranger and soloist until 1991 when they won their first D.C.A. World Championship. In 1999 David was awarded Outstanding Soloist at the D.C.A. Championships in Allentown. David has adjudicated for DCI, DCE, DCA and NYSFBC since 1975. Currently, David plays lead trumpet in several local big bands as well as the Hit Men Brass Band. He has also performed with Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Freddie Cole, Cornell University Jazz Ensemble, Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble. In 1979 he began his public school teaching career and was the band director of the 1997 New York State Field Band Conference class champions. He is currently teaching music in the Rochester City School District. David holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, graduate hours from Eastman School of Music and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from State University of New York at Brockport. David is the founder, director, arranger and soloist for the 2002,2003,2004 DCA brass ensemble champion, Hit Men Brass Band. In 1999 David was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He resides in Victor, New York with his wife Cheryl and their grandson Dylan.