Kim Martin, Drummer


Kim Martin, drummerKim Martin has taught more than 1000 students in the DC area over the last 25 years providing each with a customized approach to solving their musical challenges. Several have auditioned successfully for premier big bands/jazz ensembles such as Whitman High School, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville High School, Wooten High School, Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, Miami University, Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, Montgomery College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Kim formally studied the drum set for four years in Bethesda MD and was a member of Bill Potts’ Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble. Kim was referred to jazz great Joe Cusatis in New York City and studied with him for six years. Kim studied jazz concepts, big band orchestration, chart reading and classical snare drum methods. Kim also learned and applied advanced matched/traditional grip positions and the associated finger techniques.

Kim’s has appeared at Kennedy Center and Blues Alley and has been on Fox TV, CNN, Arlington and Herndon Community TV. Kim has performed for politicians/luminaries such as Dick Cheney, Tim Russert, Hilary Clinton, Antonin Scalia, Laura Ingraham, Vincent Gray, and Jesse Jackson.

Kim’s former and current students include:

Luther Gray – Premier drummer/percussionist/arts educator in Boston. Major traditional/free jazz composer and contributor, performing/recording with Buck Hill, Joe Morris, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark and many others. Creator of major musical groups Percussion Incorporated and Bamboula 2000 (Big Easy Music Award).  (5 years of study)

Ben Schatz – Churchill H.S. drum line captain who received Tri-M Musical award (Rating 1) & Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for finest musician. (5 years of study)

Reuben Dubester – youngest member of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, successfully auditioning at age 13. Reuben was also accepted to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. (4 years of study)