prof performs new arrangement for bass trombone

Dr. Martin McCain was a guest soloist with the Balcones Community Orchestra on March 25, performing his bass trombone arrangement of Carl Maria von Weber’s Romance with orchestra in addition to Anthony Plog’s Nocturne for Bass Trombone and Strings. McCain’s Weber arrangement and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise arrangement have also received international distribution through the Martin Schmid Blechbläsernoten publishing company in Germany.

In Memphis, Tennessee he performed with the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra in an MLK50 concert that was broadcast on live TV. The concert was a part of a week-long celebration in commemoration of the 50th anniversary assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. McCain also hosted his former student Kevin Dugat (BM ’13) who gave a lecture topic on “A Guide to Freelancing: The Tangibles and Intangibles to Succeeding in Our Musically Competitive Environment”.

Southeast Trombone Symposium participation

Several trombone students have been accepted into the Southeast Trombone Symposium at Columbus State University. Matthew Acosta, Fabian Reyes, and Alex Flores will have the opportunity to study with all of the members of the New York Philharmonic low brass section in addition to members of the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Atlanta Symphony this coming June. Several trombone alumni were also accepted: Michael Martinez (MM ’17), Camden Scarborough (BM ’17), Matthew Flores (BM ’17), Michael Johnson (MM ’17) and Jett Walker (BM ’13). These alums are currently pursuing their MM and DMA degrees at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Ithaca College and the University of Alabama.

sound editor, designer, composer for dance film

Richard Hall was sound editor, sound designer, and music composer for the short video-dance film, “THE WALL” which was chosen to be screened in the very first “Dance on Film” component of Austin Dance Festival 2018.  The film was produced, filmed and edited by Texas State University Associate Dance Professor Ana Baer, conceived and and directed by Texas State University Director of Dance Michelle Nance and Baer and featured dancer Nance. “THE WALL” has been previously shown at the Miami Epic Film Festival, the Cine Club Sandwich Film Festival in Puebla, Mexico, and the AM Egypt Film Festival in Cairo, Egypt.Hall-AustinDance

New music for dance

Richard Hall composed and performed the music for the dance piece “Wild-er-ness” at the Texas State University Spring Dance Show “Resilient.”  The work is a blend of site-specific and site-adaptive material intimately woven into a multidisciplinary performance in the intersection of dance, video, music and fashion design.  It was produced by WECreate Productions with film direction by Texas State University Dance Associate Professor Ana Baer and University of Roehampton Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer.  Dancers were Salzer and Texas State University Director of Dance Michelle Nance.  The piece was premiered in September 2017 at the San Souci Festival of Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


NATS musical theater competition winners

Four Texas State music students made the list of winners for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Region musical theater competition:

Upper College MT Men:
2nd Place:  Reese Landis (Junior), student of Michelle Haché

Lower College MT Women:
3rd Place: Annisha Mackenzie (Sophomore), student of Michelle Haché

Lower College MT Men:
2nd Place:  James Adamson (Freshman), student of Youna Hartgraves
3rd Place:   Garrett Douglas (Sophomore), student of Michelle Haché

All of these students are now eligible to compete for a spot in NATS National Semi-Finals for musical theater.

Trombone prof activities

Dr. Martin McCain recently performed with the IRIS Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern at the IRIS Orchestra Gala. Joshua Bell performed 3 concerti for violin and orchestra.


McCain also performed as guest 2nd trombone with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra where he sat in between two of his former teachers in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.

On March 1st he led a brass masterclass at Buffalo State University. McCain hosted Italian trombonist Peter Steiner February 18-19 and the Pickett Blackburn company on March 6.

He also received a favorable review of his latest CD, “Trombone Czar: The Extended Version” in the international Brass Herald journal.