When I was a kid I had this poster of Marty Hackleman with the Empire Brass up in my room:
So needless to say, the first time I got to perform with Marty (in a brass quintet that also featured Jens Lindemann, Kevin Gebo and Joe Alessi!) I was over the moon excited.
This recording of Marty performing Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 2 live in 1992 makes me actually laugh out loud in a few places. He is just a stunning musician.
If you haven't heard it already you can find our interview with Marty for The Brass Junkies podcast below the YouTube clip.
You can also find some incredible quotes from two different master classes that Marty did at George Mason here:
Enjoy this phenomenal performance of the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2!