Friday, May 9th at 5:00pm

The Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Administration of VanderCook College of Music are proud to announce the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies.

We invite alumni, friends and family to celebrate with us as 31 candidates (listed to the right) are awarded Bachelor of Music (pre-certification) or Bachelor of Music Education degree.  In addition to awarding degrees to these students, is also our distinct pleasure to bestow the Doctor of Music Honoris Causa upon the following distinguished music educator:


FreddyMartinFreddy Martin was born and educated through high school in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Martin attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Mr. Martin has done post-graduate work at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Mr. Martin served as director of the South Cobb High School Band from 1969 to 1979. Under Mr. Martin's ten-year direction the band grew from a membership of 17 students to one of the finest high school bands in the country with a membership of 300 students. The band program had a nationally recognized marching band, a fine jazz band, and four very fine concert bands, along with three winter color guards. Mr. Martin has served as band director for Buford High School and is presently the band director at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

Mr. Martin is the founding director of the famed Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Mr. Martin's direction the corps was recognized as one of the finest marching music units in the world. Mr. Martin has served as brass coordinator for the world champion Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from Rockford, Illinois and is presently consulting with Carolina Crown and the Academy Drum Corps. Mr. Martin was elected to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mr. Martin has served as a clinician and adjudicator in most of the fifty states and in England. He has been an active adjudicator for Bands of America for more than twenty five years and has judged the Bands of America National and Regional Championships numerous times. Mr. Martin and his sons have been presenters at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mr. Martin is married to Lynda and they have two sons involved in music. Chris is principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michael is fourth utility trumpet in the Boston Symphony. Mrs. Martin is a long standing member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Mr. Martin is on the faculty of the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta Georgia where he serves as High School Band Director and brass specialist.

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