Dr. Martin Cochran has established an international reputation as a euphonium soloist, teacher, and adjudicator. Dr. Cochran is a former winner of the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Competition and quartet competition. He has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Georgia Brass Band, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Sotto Voce Quartet. He is also a founding member of the newly formed Adams Quartet along with fellow Adams euphonium artists Matthew van Emmerik, Fernando Deddos, and Matt Tropman.
Dr. Cochran has performed and taught alongside many of the world’s premier euphoniumists, including David Childs, Brian Bowman, Adam Frey, Steven Mead, and many others. His activities as a soloist and teacher have taken him throughout the United States and abroad, recently including performances and masterclasses at the Jazeps Vitols National Academy of music in Riga, Latvia. He has also performed at both international and regional ITEA conferences. Dr. Cochran has served on the artist faculties of the International Euphonium Institute, the Low Brass Boot Camp, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has been an adjudicator for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference solo competition. Dr. Cochran also has extensive experience as a conductor, having served as the Director of the University of Montevallo Wind Ensemble, Assistant Conductor of the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, and Assistant Conductor the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Band and Youth Wind Ensemble Program.
In addition to his duties at Columbus State, Dr. Cochran is also on the faculty of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he teaches euphonium and tuba and courses in aural skills and music appreciation and performs as member of the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo and the University of West Georgia. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from the University of Alabama, and degrees in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His principal teachers include Mike Dunn, Alan Baer, Larry Campbell, and Ross Walter.
Dr. Cochran is a performing artist for Adams Musical Instruments (NL) and performs on the Adams Custom euphonium.