Music Director, Gold Coast Jazz Society Band

Martin-HandGuitarist and vocalist Martin Hand was appointed in 2013 to lead the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band.  Martin has extensive experience working with national and international artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Warren Vache', Harry Allen, Dave Valentin, Peter Nero, Nell Carter, Eddie Harris, Henry Mancini, Darius Rucker, Bernadette Peters, Andrea McCardle, Trini Lopez, Burt Bacharach, Barbara McNair, Julie Budd, Blackstone, Jack Jones, Al Martino, The Lettermen, The Fifth Dimension, Eartha Kitt, Destino, Vic Damone, Dinah Shore, Maureen McGovern, Melissa Manchester, Maria Osmond, Monica Mancini, Patti Austin, Robert Klein, Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Calloway, Arturo Sandoval, David Benoit, Jeff Kashua, The Supremes, The Platters, Sam and Dave, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Rupert Holmes, Roy Clark, Tommy Tune, Joel Gray, Joe Piscopo, Tommy Mitchell and Doc Severinson.

His affiliation with numerous shows and musical productions include "Storyville" for the Miami Shores Theater, "The Spitfire Grill', "The Last Five Years" for the Stage Door Theatre, "The Alter Boyz" at Parker Playhouse, "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts,  "Vices" at The Caldwell Theatre, "The Lion King" and  "The Carbonnell Awards" at the  Broward Center for the Performing Arts and "Copa Cabana" at the Jackie Gleason Theatre.

Martin’s orchestral affiliations include the New World Symphony, the Symphonic Pops of Boca Raton, the Palm Beach Pops, the Florida Philharmonic, the Naples Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Pops, the Peter Graves Orchestra and the Sunshine Pops.

As a band leader, conductor and/or musical director Martin has worked with Joe Piscopo, Andrea McCardle, The Supremes, Sam and Dave, The Tommy Mitchell Band, The Peter Graves Orchestra, The Platters, Dana Paul and the Nantucket Sound.

Martin was born in England in the late 50's. His early musical influences were the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and many skiffle artists of the time.  In 1967 he immigrated to the United States Where he was exposed to "Motown,” the emerging rock scene, standards and show tunes.  After high school, he attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA and later move to south Florida where he has been an active musician for the past several years.

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