Brass Sector Coordinator and Part-time Professor - Tuba
Since the age of 22, Martin Labrosse is principal tuba with the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, a full-time military band in Ottawa. Both as a jazz bassist and tuba soloist, he has performed with the band in the United States, Europe, and across Canada in public concerts and high profile events for dignitaries and veterans. Martin performs regularly with the Canadian Forces Spitfire Brass Quintet in commemorative ceremonies held at venues such as Rideau Hall, the Senate, and the National War Memorial.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Martin has studied extensively with National Arts Centre Orchestra principal tubist and brass pedagogue Nicholas Atkinson. He has also perfected his tuba playing with other brass players such as John Griffiths, Robert Oades, Ted Cosstick, Denis Miller, and Steve Sykes. On two occasions he has won prestigious prizes with the annual NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition.
Currently, Martin is principal tuba with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2002. With the OSO, Martin has had the opportunity of performing countless large-scale symphonic works of the great high-romantic composers such as Mahler, Prokofiev, Bruckner and Shostakovich. Martin is also a regular substitute with the NAC Orchestra, and has performed under prominent conductors such as Alexander Shelley, Pinchas Zukerman, Alain Trudel, Mario Bernardi, and Jack Everly. From 2008 to 2012, he was principal tuba with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau. He has performed with other local ensembles such as Capital BrassWorks, Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet, and the Ragtime Brass. He has appeared at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Fest, and the Music and Beyond festival.
Martin also teaches extensively throughout the Ottawa region. He has taught tuba at Carleton University, and frequently gives clinics and masterclasses in schools to students of all ages. In 2004, Martin assumed the position of tuba and euphonium professor at the University of Ottawa.