About the CCCB
Since the year 2000 more than 200 musicians have played in the band, which normally has about 75 players. The group is about equally mixed: middle school students, high school students, active working adults and retirees. Several of the adult members are either current or former directors or have been professional musicians. Others played in college or high school bands and enjoy playing in an organized group. The band performs a mix of classical, popular, Broadway, and patriotic music.
Mitchell Martin - DirectorGrowing up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, MD, exposure to the military music programs came at a young age. After studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Mitchell Martin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in March 1987. Upon completion of Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to the School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA, where he graduated at the top of his class from the Basic Course of Instruction.
The Quantico Marine Band was Lance Corporal Martin's first assignment, arriving in November 1987. He served in the Brass Quintet, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo and as Trumpet soloist with the Concert Band.
June of 1989 brought him back to the School of Music, where he received advanced training in Conducting, Drum Majoring, Arranging, and Applied Trumpet. January of 1990 brought him to the First Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, CA. In addition to serving as trumpet soloist and section leader with the concert band, brass quintet, jazz ensemble and combo, he studied conducting with Chief Warrant Officer Three Edward Harris and Master Sergeant Christopher Debow. Additional duties included Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant as the group deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In August 1995, Sergeant Martin went back to the School of Music where he served on Faculty as Trumpet Instructor. He also performed with the Faculty Brass Quintet, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. Sergeant Martin was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in November of 1998.
In July 2001 Staff Sergeant Martin was selected to serve as the Musician Placement Director for the Southeast Region of Marine Corps Recruiting. He was extremely involved in the high schools and colleges that encompassed all eight states of the Southeast Region, guest conducting concert bands and jazz ensembles and providing clinics on efficient practice methods, jazz improvisation, and small ensemble rehearsal techniques. Additionally, in 2002, he began his service with the International Music Camp, in North Dakota and continues to serve on the faculty as Trumpet Instructor and as a member of the faculty Brass Quintet, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo.
In March 2003, Staff Sergeant Martin was selected to become an Enlisted Conductor for the United States Marine Corps Music Program. In October of 2004 he was transferred to Marine Band, Cherry Point, NC serving as the Assistant Director and, subsequently, Bandmaster. During this time, Gunnery Sergeant Martin returned from his second deployment to the Middle East, serving as the Security Chief for the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Tactical Air Command Center during Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06. While at Cherry Point, NC, he also had the privilege of being the Conductor and Director of the Craven Community Concert Band during their 2008-2009 concert season.
MSgt Martin was selected to return to Marine Corps Recruiting Command, where he served as the Musician Procurement Supervisor for Marine Corps Music Program from June 2009- August 2011.
He last stop in the United States Marine Corps was the Navy School of Music where he served as the Head of Instrumental Division at the School of Music from August 2011 until September 2013. MSgt Martin was directly responsible for the private instruction of over 100 Marine and Navy students annually as well as the curriculum that drives the instructions.
Mr. Martin retired from the Marine Corps on 1 Oct 2013 and was, most recently, the Director of the Havelock Community Band.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College in July 2011 and is currently the Military Outreach Specialist/National Testing Center with Craven Community. He is married to the former Donna Reynolds of Rockville, MD and they have two sons, Zachary and Timothy.