Dr. Martin Mailman was born in New York City on June 30, 1932. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester earning a bachelor's degree in music composition in 1954, a master's degree in music composition in 1955, and a PhD in music composition in 1960. His teachers at Eastman included Louis Mennini, Wayne Barlow, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson. He served for two years in the United States Navy, and he was among the first group of young contemporary American composers chosen in 1959 to participate in The Young Composers Project sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the National Music Council. As a result, he spent two years teaching in the schools of Jacksonville, Florida. From 1961 to 1966, he served as the first Composer in Residence at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. From 1966 until 2000, he was Composer in Residence, Coordinator of Composition, and later, Regents Professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In November 2000, the University of North Texas Board of Regents awarded Emeritus status to Dr. Mailman posthumously.
Dr. Mailman received numerous awards, among which include two American Bandmasters Association/Ostwald Awards for composition, the National Band Association/Band Mans Company prize for composition, the Edward Benjamin Award, Composer of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the 1982 Queen Marie-Jose Prize for composition for his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Variations), Op. 68. His works include chamber music, band, choral, and orchestral music, film scores, television music, an opera, and a requiem for chorus, orchestra, and soloist. A frequently sought-after clinician and teacher, Dr. Mailman served as guest conductor-composer at more than ninety colleges and universities across the United States and Europe.
He was a leader in promoting comprehensive musicianship programs through MENC: The National Association for Music Education throughout his career and gave presentations at conventions and schools across the country. Instead of featuring his own music, he always focused on music in general and the impact it has on students and professionals alike. He was particularly intrigued by the compositional process and the concept of music as "organized sound over time with intent."
Dr. Mailman’s musical holdings are now handled by his son, Dr. Matthew Mailman, Professor of Conducting in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.
Martin Mailman’s widow, Mary Nan Mailman, established two endowed scholarships in his name: The Martin Mailman Excellence in Band Endowed Scholarship in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University and The Martin Mailman Memorial Composition Scholarship Endowment in the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
Works for Winds
- Alarums for Band, Op. 27 (1962)*
- Alleluia for Chorus and Band, Op. 15 (1960)
- Association No. 1 for Band, Op. 45 (1968)
- Bouquets for Band, Op. 87 (1991)
- Commencement March for Band, Op. 14 (1960)
- Concertino for Clarinet and Band, Op. 83 (1990)
- Concertino for Trumpet and Band, Op. 31 (1963)
- Concerto for Wind Orchestra (Variations), Op. 89 (1993)
- Decorations for Band, Op. 54 (1974)
- Exaltations, Op. 67 (1981)
- For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night, Op. 80 (1988)
- Four Miniatures for Band, Op. 19 (1960)
- Four Variations in Search for a Theme for Narrator and Band, Op. 36, (1965)
- From the Leaves of Grass for Narrator, Chorus, and Band, Op. 30b (1963)
- Geometrics No. 1 for Band, Op. 22 (1961)*
- Geometrics in Sound (Geometrics No. 2) for Band, Op. 29 (1962)*
- Geometrics No. 3 for Band, Op. 37 (1965)
- Geometrics No. 4 for Band, Op. 43 (1968)
- Geometrics No. 5 for Band, Op. 58 (1976)
- Jewel in the Crown
- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men for Band, Narrators, and Solo Voice, Op. 56 (1975)
- Liturgical Music for Band, Op. 33 (1963) *
- Night Vigil, Op. 66 (1980)
- Overture 1962
- Partita for Band, Op. 10 (1958)
- Pledges for Band, Op. 98(1998)*
- Secular Litanies, Op. 90 (1993)
- Shouts, Hymns, and Praises for Band, Op. 52 (1972)
- Simple Ceremony: In Memoriam John Barnes Chance, Op. 53 (1973)
- The Jewel in the Crown (A Ceremonial March), Op. 78 (1987)*
- The Whaleman's Chapel, from "Moby Dick"
- Toward the Second Century, Op. 82 (1989)
*definitive recordings available through streaming at http://www.okcu.edu/music/multimedia/
- Ford Foundation Archives
- McCutchen, Mathew G. (2009) An Examination of the History and Winning Pieces of the National Band Association's Composition Contest: 1977-2008. Florida State University, Doctoral Dissertation.
- Official Website
- University of North Texas Archives