Rhees, Martin

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Rhees, Martin

Martin Rhees was born in Boise, Idaho, raised in Redlands, California, and currently lives in Pasadena, California where he works as a Los Angeles freelance hornist, in addition to his position as Director of Instrumental Music at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale.  He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education from the California State University, Fullerton.  Mr. Rhees completed post-graduate work at the University of Southern California where he earned a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance.

As a hornist, Martin Rhees has performed with many symphony orchestras including: the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Honolulu Symphony, and Grant Park (IL) Symphony.  He has held positions with among others: the Illinois Symphony, Lake Forest (IL) Symphony, and Woodstock (IL) Mozart Festival Orchestra. 

He was appointed Principal Horn of the San Bernardino Symphony upon completion of his performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.  As a brass chamber musician, he has performed with the Millar Brass Ensemble (IL), Hollywood Cinema Brass (CA), Huis Ten Bosch Brass Ensemble (Japan), the Dallas Brass, and the Pacific Symphony Brass Quintet, and is a member of the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble.  Martin has also performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, the Percy Faith Orchestra, the Mantovani Orchestra, and Manheim Steamroller.  As a recording musician, he has worked in all of the major motion picture studios such as Sony, 20thCentury Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, and Paramount.  Mr. Rhees can be heard on a range of media, from the ”Got Milk?” and “AT&T” television advertisements, to music for the “James Bond 007” motion pictures. His  work has included performing in downtown Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall (LAPO), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Wagner’s Ring Cycle), the Amanson Theater (Mary Poppins) and the Mark Taper Forum (Parade).

As a music educator, Martin Rhees began coaching brass chamber groups in the public schools in 1982.  His horn ensembles and brass quintets consistently earned top ratings at solo & ensemble festivals.  Martin has worked for the world-renowned Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps of Santa Clara, California.  In his first year teaching the corps, Martin helped the Vanguard to win the 1989 Drum Corps International World Championship with a record setting high score.  Their show, Phantom of the Opera, was voted as the number one fan favorite in DCI history.  Prior to teaching at Hoover, Martin was the Head of Brass Instruction for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Band of Nagoya, Japan.  In Rhees’ eleven-year term, Aimachi won six National Championships and tied on score for another- this out of the ten years the band was eligible to compete under his direction.  These were the first such titles in the group’s 40-plus year history.