Welcome

WELCOME;

Hi there! Thanks for visiting this site!

You’ll find announcements about performances, samples of my music, and anecdotes about composing and performing music.

Music has always been a part of my life and I share this part with you here.

Enjoy!


UPDATES;

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CALENDAR OF PERFORMANCES;

  • April 14, 2016 • 7pm • Frazer United Methodist Church: Capitol Sounds presents “Spring Concert,” featuring works by Curnow, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Williams
  • June 7, 2016 • 7pm • Saint James United Methodist Church: Capitol Sounds presents “Summer Spectacular,” featuring works by Grainger, Reed, and Williams
  • October 05, 2016 • 7pm • Irondale First Baptist Church: Birmingham Wind Ensemble presents “Music of Alfred Reed,” featuring works by Reed, Shaffer, and Sousa
  • October 30, 2016 • 3pm • Montgomery City Hall Auditorium: Capitol Sounds presents “Sounds of Autumn,” featuring works by Barber, Bizet, and von Suppe
  • November 11, 2016 • 7:30pm • Hulsey Recital Hall: UAB CME presents “Immersion”
  • November 17-18, 2016 • 7:30pm • Sirote Theatre: UAB Opera presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • November 30, 2016 • 7:10pm • Irondale First Baptist Church: Birmingham Wind Ensemble presents “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • December 14, 2016 • 7pm • Fair Haven Retirement Community: Birmingham Wind Ensemble presents “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • January 14, 2017 • 3pm • Sidney Lanier High School: Capitol Sounds presents the Young People’s Concert, featuring “Peter and the Wolf”
  • April 8, 2017 • 2pm • Avondale Park: Birmingham Wind Ensemble performance
  • April 19, 2017 • 8pm • Irondale First Baptist Church: Birmingham Wind Ensemble performance
  • June 6, 2017 • 7pm • Saint James United Methodist Church: Capitol Sounds presents “Summer Spectacular”, featuring works by Gershwin, Holst, and Tchaikovsky
  • August 2017 • TBA • Birmingham, AL: Private Event

Bio

About the composer

Martin currently pursues his undergraduate degree in Music Technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Martin actively participated in the UAB Bands, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band from 2012-2016 and now works as a freelance percussionist with the Birmingham Wind Ensemble and the Capitol Sounds Concert Band. Upon graduation, Martin plans to further his education by pursuing a master’s degree in film music from the Seattle Film Institute. His professional affiliations include the  American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

When he is not fully involved with music, he is sleeping, coding a web site or teaching a Zumba® class somewhere.

One of his favorite quotes is…

Aim for the moon; if you miss, at least you’ll land amongst the stars.

…because it inspires him to dream big, never give up, and achieve goals.

How to contact the composer

Please send all general inquiries, commission requests, and booking requests to marty_elston@yahoo.com, and he will respond to you in a timely manner.

Sheet Music

Thanks for your interest in my music.

The catalogue shows sheet music that I’ve composed through the years.

Are you interested in commissioning a piece? Please read the guidelines.

What’s coming next?! Take a look at what I’m currently composing.

Thoughts

My third paid gig

Last night, I performed with the Birmingham Wind Ensemble in the First Baptist Church of Irondale, and ’twas hectic and slightly unprofessional. The percussion section was understaffed, since only three of the five of us were present, which severely threw us off. The three that were present had to switch parts and sightread pretty much …

My second paid gig

This is way late! I did perform with the Capitol Sounds again this past summer. This gig was interesting. We played a piece that I’d already performed in UAB’s Wind Symphony concert, La Fiesta Mexicana (H. Owen Reed). Additionally, we played a piece of which the UAB Marching Blazers played an excerpt in our 2015 show, Olympic Fanfare …