Rex Martin, professor of music at Northwestern University, is one of the world’s finest tubists and brass pedagogues. He has performed recitals and given master classes in Japan, Korea, Australia, Latin America, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and throughout the United States. His playing can be heard on more than 75 recordings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Symphony II, Chicago Pro Musica, and Mannheim Steamroller.
As part of his busy freelance career, he is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, The Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Symphony II, The Ars Viva Orchestra, Fulcrum Point, Tower Brass and the Chicago Brass Ensemble. Martin has performed on more than 3,000 television and radio commercials. He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM Orchestra of Mexico City, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis and the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern University, Martin had been a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory, Illinois State University, DePaul University, the University of Notre Dame, The Vandercook College of Music and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Martin was host of the 1995 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. A graduate of Illinois State University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM), Martin received Illinois State’s Outstanding Alumni award in 1999.