Andrew Martin

Music Instructor

Departments: Music, Music & Band Department
Office: F178
Phone: 651-450-3774


An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Andrew Martin has a Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, an M.A. in Musicology and an M.M. in Percussion Performance. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In 2011, he served as an academic fellow at the Arbeitskreis Studium Populärer Musik held at the Institute for Musicology and Music Pedagogy, Osnabruck, Germany. At Inver Hills, Dr. Martin teaches courses in music history, music analysis and percussion. He also directs the Inver Hills African Drum and Dance Ensemble and the Inver Hills Steelband Ensemble.

Dr. Martin's extensive research is centered on the theory and analysis of American popular music as well as various aspects of Afro-Caribbean music and its phenomenal dissemination throughout North America and around the globe. His chief focus investigates the development of Trinidadian steelbands and pannists outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Martin has lectured and presented all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, China and the Caribbean. His research has appeared in journals such as American Music, Pan Podium: The Journal of the British Steel Band Society and The Journal of New York Folklore as well as The Grove Dictionary of American Music. His book,Military Might, Melodious Music: The US Navy Steel Band 1957–1999, is set for publication later in 2016.

In addition to scholarship and teaching, Dr. Martin is an accomplished live performer of non-Western and Western music. He has shared the stage with many amateur and professional performing ensembles, including:

  • Petrotrin Hatters Steelband (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Renegade New Music Ensemble
  • PanMN Steelband
  • Sinatra Review Big Band
  • Prague Chamber Symphony
  • Slovak Radio Chorus

Dr. Martin has performed at a number of prestigious events, including:

  • Percussive Arts International Convention
  • Minnesota and Wisconsin Music Educators Conventions
  • SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music) Festival
  • SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts
  • Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting

To learn more about steelpan, you can read the following articles by Andrew Martin, Ph.D.:

Education Credentials

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) - Majors: Musicology and Ethnomusicology - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Master of Music (MM) - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Master of Arts (MA) - University Of Minnesota Twin Cities

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Majors: Music - University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Andrew Martin