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Rex Martin

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Rex Martin

Rex Martin (born in Burlington, Iowa) is one of the world's virtuoso tuba players, appearing on over 70 symphony orchestra recordings.[1] He primarily studied under Edward Livingston and Arnold Jacobs, though he also took lessons with Edward Kleinhammer.

Martin is Professor of Tuba at the Bern University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, International Visiting Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Professor of Music Emeritus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

He was raised in Stronghurst, Illinois and graduated from high school in Chillicothe, Illinois. He married Margreth Trümpi of Ennenda, Switzerland in 1989.

Academic career[edit]

  • Professor of Tuba, Bern University of the Arts 2016–present
  • International Visiting Professor of Music, Royal Academy of Music in London
  • Professor of Music Emeritus, Northwestern University 2017–present
  • Professor of Music, Northwestern University 1988-2017
  • Received a BM in Music performance from Illinois State University, 1982
  • Received an MM in music performance from Northwestern University, 1983
  • Professor at DePaul University (1983-1989)
  • Professor at Illinois State University (1983-1984)
  • Professor at the University of Notre Dame (1987-1991)
  • Instructor at Northwestern University in 1988
  • Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in 1989
  • Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago (1989-1995)
  • Associate Professor (tenure) at Northwestern University in 1994
  • Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory (1994-1996)
  • Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Northwestern University (1999-2017) - currently Professor Emeritus[2]
  • Martin was on the faculty of Ticino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland from 2002-2017

Professional career[edit]

In 1979, Martin began his professional career by playing in the Circus Genoa band, under the direction of Charlie Stevenson.


Orchestra (Member)[edit]

Orchestra (Performed)[edit]





Martin has performed as a studio musician on over 3000 television and radio commercials.[1]



  • Martin's sister Becky (Martin) Kevoian is married to Bob Kevoian of the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show. Some of the tuba performance heard on this show were done by Rex Martin.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PlanIt Purple: Home". Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  2. "Fanfare". Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. Fall 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  3. "Rex Martin". Ticino Musica. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  4. "Rex Martin | College of Fine Arts - Illinois State". Retrieved 2017-11-08.

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