Principal Trombone

James A. Martin


James joined APO in 2015 and has been completely in love ever since. As a group, APO has met an astounding cast of celebrities, activists, and legendary musicians.

Beyond APO

Outside of APO James is active playing recitals of 20th & 21st century trombone music – he loves exploring the new repertoire and staying fresh. James also plays trombone in the Maryland Lyric Opera where his am saturated with the finest vocal performances around.

At Shepherd University where James is the trombone professor, there is an annual event that brings in trombonists from all over the world and he eager for this to happen again soon once gathering in person is safe again.

In his spare time, James and his daughter love exploring the local aquariums, museums, and zoos.


  • Masters of Music from The Royal Conservatory in Denmark
  • Bachelors of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.

Favorite APO Moment

Always Maestro Luke's exquisite jackets. They never, ever disappoint!

Favorite Pop Music Song

"Moon River" by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer