Peter Martin is in his 36th year as Director of Bands at the University of Southern Maine, his 35th year of conducting at the Southern Maine Music Academy, his 28th year as conductor of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and his 19th year of conducting the Casco Bay Wind Symphony. 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.
Dr. 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 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 from coast-to-coast and in over 30 states. Dr. Martin is the wind band consultant for the Jupiter (FL) High School. He is a resident of Hollis Center, Maine and Jupiter, Florida.
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. Dr. Martin is an awarded member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.