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Matt Martinez

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Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, Matt has been playing the trumpet for over 40 years. Matt started his musical journey at the age of 9 playing in his elementary school band, his junior his high school and his high school marching and jazz band. At the age of 16, Matt auditioned and was chosen to play for the St. Linus Drum and Bugle Corp which toured four states in three months.

Matt became a professional musician playing in his first band at the age of 17. Matt's first band was known as Fat City. Fat City was from the Central Valley and competed in many Battle of the Bands, one of which landed the group the opportunity to open for Van Morrison. Matt has shared the stage with many known artist. "I just love playing he says" Although Matt works a 40 hour plus week he continunes to play his trumpet as much as he can and has been fortunate to still play and record with various artist such as Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Marc Russo and Lenny Williams, all former members of Tower of Power. The list also includes, Jon Smith (Edgar Winters White Trash), Johnny Hernandez (Tierra), Stevie Keys Roseman and Ross Valory (Journey). Matt has also been awarded Blues Trumpet Player of the Year 2007 West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. Matt believes you never stop learning and continues to learn from his mentor, Mic Gillette of Tower of Power.