Casey Martin holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Performance and Composition from California State University Long Beach. While at UT, Casey studied trumpet with Prof. Ray Sasaki. Casey served as both principal and section trumpet for the UT Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and New Music Ensemble.
Casey held the positions of principal trumpet of the Los Angeles-based YMF Debut Orchestra and Long Beach-based True Brass Choir from 2013-2014. In 2018, he performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra for their production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Casey has participated and placed in national and international competitions, including finalist in the 2010 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, 3rd (2013) and 2nd (2016) place in the National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Division, and 2nd in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference Chamber Music Competition.
As a composer, Casey has had his music performed by ensembles around the globe. His most notable work, Ashen Skies of a Timeworn World, was premiered by Jerry Junkin and the UT Wind Ensemble and has since been performed in Australia, Taiwan, the UK, Switzerland, and by numerous university wind ensembles throughout the US. Casey has written extensively for trumpet ensemble, ranging from treacherously-difficult works performed at national competitions to smaller-scale pieces for his middle and high school students.
As an educator, Casey maintains a full private trumpet studio in Round Rock and Leander ISD. His students have earned numerous All-State and Region honor wind ensemble and jazz ensemble placements, including several first chair spots. Casey’s students have received outstanding soloist recognition both at their respective school’s Solo and Ensemble Contests and at summer music camps. Casey takes pride in his student’s personal accomplishments and above all else hopes to share with each of them how much fun music can be.