Martin Sobelman became director of the Beaverton Community Band in 2014, and, as part of the Band’s Educational Outreach Program, he and other members assist primary and secondary music teachers in the Beaverton School District with one-to-one tutoring, small group music instruction, and performances for their students.
The Beaverton Community Band has also been the sponsor of the NW BandFest [formerly the Oregon Community Adult Band Festival], a yearly performance reunion where Community Bands from Oregon and Southwest Washington perform for the public and each other. The 2020 Festival will be co-sponsored with the Rex Putnam High School Bands and held there on March 7th. It will be a great full day of music making and well worth attending.
Mr. Sobelman has also been a member of the Northwest Wind Symphony since 2010 playing soprano, alto and bass clarinets. He was a Music Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District, teaching elementary general music, elementary choirs, and elementary and secondary band, retiring in July 2012. Prior to that, he taught music at Napier Boys’ High School in Napier, New Zealand for three years, and conducted the Napier Technical Memorial Band, a community group of musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80 years of age! He was the Choir Director of the Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon from 2000-2008. He was a teacher of Instrumental and Vocal Music at Half Moon Bay High School, Woodside Elementary and High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area for 9 years, and also taught music for 12 years in schools in Fresno and Madera Counties in California. He was very active in the Pacific Spindrift Players, and the Coastside Repertory theater groups as musical director and pit musician for many productions from 1988-1995
Mr. Sobelman earned an AB Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, completed graduate studies in Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Orff Shulwerk Level I and II studies at the University of Memphis. He maintains a private studio for clarinet, saxophone and bassoon students, and is an active performer in chamber, orchestral, windband, big band, and theater music in the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Sobelman resides in West Linn. He has the best wife, and between they are the proud parents of two wonderful sons and daughters and seven cool grandchildren!