Peter Martin is a professor of music at the University of Southern Maine and conductor of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and the Casco Bay Concert Band. A native of Bensenville, Illinois, he holds a Ph.D. degree in music education from Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Charles Baker, John Boyd, John Paynter, Bennett Reimer and Alan Stout.
Peter Martin maintains an active conducting schedule and has conducted performances in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. In London he has appeared at the Barbican Centre and at St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Venice at St. Marks Square; in Innsbruch at the Olympic site; at the Piazza Riforma in Lugano, Switzerland, and roadside at the Tour de France. In the U.S. he has conducted in over 30 states including California, Vermont, Texas, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., as well as throughout his favorite state of Maine.
Peter Martin is a published author in the United States and in England, has edited and arranged compositions for wind band, and appears in Who’s Who in America and the International Who’s Who in Music. He has been cited for excellence as a distinguished educator and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and is the recipient of a University of Southern Maine Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award. He is an awarded member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.