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Cord Martin
Cord Martin




Corderyl J. Martin (Columbia, Tennessee) is a saxophonist, composer, and educator who serves as Co-Director of Bands at Whitthorne Middle School. Martin earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University (2010) and a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University (2014). Martin was recognized as Middle Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education in 2017 and served on Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen’s Teacher Advisory Council. In 2018, he received recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus from the Middle Tennessee State University School of Music. Martin was one of 38 educators nationwide to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the 2018 NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. Martin also serves as the All-State Jazz Chair for the Tennessee Music Education Association. In 2022, Martin was nominated and accepted as an American School Band Directors Association member. He continues to perform and record in the Columbia and Nashville area regularly. Martin has had an opportunity to perform alongside renowned artists and groups such as “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, saxophonist Don Braden, saxophonist Greg Osby, trumpeter Tom Harrell, trumpeter Rick Braun, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Jeff Coffin, legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and Grammy-nominated keyboardist Ben Tankard. When Martin is not teaching or performing, he enjoys salsa dancing, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and spending time with his wife, Victoria, and his 6-year-old son, Parker.