Educational Sales Rep
Joined in
2010

Martin

Educational Sales Rep

Helping you make music is one of my greatest passions!

About Me

Hello, my name is Marty West Acuna and I am your School Services Representative for Music & Arts here in Southern Arizona. Woah, what does that mean? Please allow me to explain. My colleagues and I used to be referred to as Ed. Reps, which was a glorified term for a “Traveling Salesperson” that went into schools to sell musical instruments and what not. Although we’re still “Traveling Salespersons”, the job has become so much more than that, thus the title change. Music Educators, in my opinion, have the coolest but most difficult job in teaching. We all know what budgets are like and that the arts are always the first item cut, especially in hard times.  Your budgets are such that you have to stretch every penny and make them count. That’s where I come in. When I was in high school and then the University of Arizona, I was appalled at what schools and students were forced to pay for instruments, rentals, accessories, music, repairs, etc. in our local market and the quality left a lot to be desired. I always hoped that I would, someday, be in a position to help do something about it. Resources for educators were also almost non-existent. NOT at Music & Arts!  We offer exclusive discounts to ALL music educators, private teachers, public & private schools, houses of worship and more! Another bonus is that we not only offer FREE Shipping, but I COME TO YOU. We also have several resources for educators available from our website and your humble School Services Rep to help you build and maintain an awesome program. I would LOVE the opportunity to help you and your program in any way that I can! Think of me as your “Inside Source” in the Music Store. I LOVE MY JOB!

A little about me: I’m a graduate of Tucson High School and The University of Arizona. I started playing drums when I was almost four years old, school band in the fourth grade, and still play today. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife (Diana – Director of Bands at Alice Vail MS) and two fantastic kids (both percussionists – go figure). I was the percussion instructor for almost every high school in So. AZ and then U of A during the early ‘80s to early ‘90s, and also got to drum at our first Final Four appearance in 1988. I have lived in Nashville and Los Angeles where I worked for a custom drum manufacturer and a record company. While in Nashville, I was fortunate enough to play with a few “big named” country artists and got some valuable recording experience as well. Mentors include: Prof. Gary Cook (U/A), Carl Cherry, “Casting Crowns”, Ralph Hardimon, Tom Float, Charles “Bucky” Steele (THS), Prof.  Stephen Steele (U/A), Prof. James Keene (U/A) and so many other great directors, educators, and musicians. Music and music education are, and always will be, a big part of my life.

Please feel free to contact me via email : martin.acuna@musicarts.com  OR my Cell phone : 520-591-4674 with any questions or concerns. I am happy to help you make or teach music!

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