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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.
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.