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Martin Hackleman

Marty is a musician who plays the horn.

He started horn at age 16 with the idea of not being average at something since up to that age that seemed to be his speciality. With some hard work and luck he landed his first principal horn job at 19 and moved to a chilly Calgary, Alberta from a decidedly warmer Houston, Texas where he had been studying with Caesar LaMonaca of the Houston Symphony.

After two years in Calgary - where he also learned how to ski - he moved to the principal horn position in the Vancouver Symphony where he continued to refine his skiing and playing the horn. He decided to get some pointers on the horn from Roland Berger and went to Vienna to study the Vienna horn. As well, he traveled abroad to study with Barry Tuckwell. Getting skiing pretty well down in Vancouver at Whister/Blackcomb over the next ten years he then was invited to play with the Canadian Brass and he and his young family moved to Toronto. 

The Canadian Brass touring schedule put a dent in Marty's skiing but he had a great time seeing the world and discovering many new ways of playing the horn. The Empire Brass engaged him after a few years and skiing still was not frequent enough but that great quintet out of Boston was a joy to play with. Having seen most of the world a few times he pined for Vancouver and was fortunate enough to notice his old seat was open. So after 7 years away he went back to The Left Coast and caught up on some skiing while making great music with that orchestra again. 

He started doing some solo cd's - "After a Dream" was his first. It is made up of all his own arrangements of everything from Handle to Mahler, Chopin to Jobim. He also did a cd of lost Romantic concertos called "Romanza" as well as a Christmas cd for four horns. In 1999 Charles Dutoit called Marty and asked him to play Principal Horn in the Montreal Symphony while their regular Principal, John Zirbel went to see if he wanted to leave his heart in San Francisco. 

During that rewarding season he met his beautiful wife, Kelly while she was playing keyboard with the orchestra. That meeting has ended up being the best luck of his life. During that season Marty got a call from the National Symphony in Washington, DC to audition for the Principal Horn position. That worked out so for next ten years he got a chance to play great repertoire under Leonard Slatkin. 

During this time he became a regular leading the horn section of the Washington Symphonic Brass with Phil Snedecor as well as teaching and playing in Summit Brass in the summers. He is a regular teacher and player with Jens Lindemann and the All Star Brass in Banff, Alberta every summer as well. With all the accumulated experience he now enjoys teaching full time all the talented young players at the UMKC Conservatory in Kansas City. He still plans his ski trips  since Denver is a scant ten hour drive and his classical guitar remains a beautiful Siren to compliment the familiar nobility of the horn.


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Essential Must Haves

  • equal time to enjoy what I must do AND what I want to do
  • the juice I make fresh every morning: carrot, apple, ginger, beet, celery, pineapple, green leaves - about 25 oz total
  • the Zen of my routine that makes me better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow

Something Worth Learning

  • Classical guitar
  • parts of history that you thought you knew but a great new book gave you new information
  • being old enough to really enjoy a good drink and wise enough to know when to stop. I guess I am not always wise enough.

Favorite Things

  • my wife, Kelly, my kids, and various colleagues and friends depending on how sensitive we are to each other on any given day
  • my guitar and Head Mistress, the horn
  • The Most Famous Dog in the World….Kula
  • mornings in the sun

Practice Inspiration

  • a little better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow
  • "The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance" - Da Vinci
  • success has a thousand fathers but failure is always an orphan
  • how good can it be, how simple can it be, how easy can it be
  • life up to a quality and not down to a price: time and money
  • don't have too many plans except for some satisfaction

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