Martin Lejano is a professional trumpeter, pianist, arranger, vocal percussionist, drum major instructor, and music educator in the Bay Area. He is a graduate from Concord High School where he was an award-winning student leader in the program for many years, having roles such as drum major and trumpet section leader. Among the many awards he received, he graduated from Concord with the coveted “Maestro” award.
Following graduation, Martin attended Diablo Valley College to study music. In his two years there, he participated in every ensemble, instrumental and vocal, including leadership roles in jazz combos and vocal jazz ensembles, as well as being the music department secretary. He left with the “Outstanding Music Major” award, given to him for his excellence in music as well as overall contributions to the DVC music department.
Martin finished up his undergraduate degree at UCLA, where he studied jazz trumpet in the ethnomusicology department, under renowned jazz guitar legend, Kenny Burrell. He also had opportunities to learn from the incredibly gifted jazz pianist, Tamir Hendelman, and virtuoso of jazz drums, Clayton Cameron. He was in Awaken A Cappella, a co-ed collegiate singing group founded by acclaimed vocalist, Sara Bareilles. He was also a part of SLAM, an organization on the UCLA campus that teaches music to underprivileged students in the Los Angeles area.
Martin played trumpet professionally with various pop and jazz artists in the Los Angeles area as well. He is now the leader, arranger, baritone, and vocal percussionist of his own a cappella group, Levels of Vocal Expression (L.O.V.E) in the Bay Area.
Martin is currently a head instructor for the United Spirit Association Drum Major and Band Leadership company, where he has the opportunity to travel across the west coast working with high school band leaders. He teaches students about spinning, conducting, and ultimately how these skills translate to leadership. As a head instructor, he works to evaluate and build the skills of other instructors in the company.
He is also a part of the USA program development team, a group of head instructors comprised of educators, band directors, and professional musicians, working in to develop and enhance the company’s band program curriculum from year to year.
Under his mentor, Bret Peppo, he works constantly with singing groups at Diablo Valley College. He teaches at DVC’s annual summer A cappella camp, leading rehearsals, writing arrangements and giving different music workshops. Martin is in high demand in the Bay Area as a performer, arranger, and music educator.