Dawn grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano and singing at age four with her dad W.L. Martin. Her family entertained regularly playing mostly bluegrass and classic country music.
At age 11 Dawn began studying piano under Dr. Alan Rea. During the next 7 years she competed in piano concerto competitions and appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras. She also was the accompanist for the high school choirs and played piano in the jazz band. During this time she won awards at jazz festivals and was also selected for all state honor choir. She then attended San Francisco State University majoring in piano performance.
After college she moved to Vail Colorado and began playing at the ski resorts while also having a successful career in the ski and guiding industry.
Dawn has had a very diverse music career performing, writing, recording, directing and teaching music. This versatility has allowed her to play a large variety of music. She just moved to Sequim in September of 2016 and is currently teaching piano and hosting workshops at the Sequim Academy of Music. She is also performing regularly at venues all over the Olympic Peninsula.
You can learn more about Dawn at her website.
Scott began playing guitar at age 6 followed by a short interlude with the organ. He went back to guitar at age 14 and has never put it down!
In his early 20's he began playing in Southern California top 40 bands, followed by playing with an assortment of musicians in various bands.
At age 40, an opportunity came to study audio recording. This was a great program and provided a deeper knowledge of how to put together a great sound record! Music has always captured his interest; as a kid laying on the floor with his head between console record player speakers, listening to musical soundtracks and getting swept away by the music arrangement.
At the age of 17 he was asked to play lead guitar on a KSPC Radio show. Over the years he's played; top 40's, originals, country, blues, hard rock and even a little jazz. His music influences have been British Blues Rock guitarists as well as the innovative guitarists of the 80's.
In 2003 he laid down roots in Sequim, WA and continued to play guitar and record music. In 2011, Russ Lowry took over drumming duties in a band Scott was playing in. They've been playing together ever since and belong to the "Mutual Admiration Society". Later Mark Parris joined the group and together they met Dawn Martin who shared an idea and an invitation to create "SOUND ADVICE" and as they say....the rest is history.
Currently Scott plays in two bands, write songs and collaborates with others on recording projects.
Russ started playing drums at age 12 and at age 14 was playing USO shows for the troops in South Korea where he lived.
At 16 he moved to San Diego and started playing nightclubs. At 17 he was working throughout the San Diego area and helped out as a studio drummer for Dr. Sound recording studio. For seven years he studied under one of the top drum educators in Southern California Myron Collins while working his way up the club ladder landing with the premier rock band in San Diego, the Blitz Brothers. He was able to play in the opening act for many national acts such as Def Leppard, Cheap Trick , ZZ Top, and Joan Jett.
He took a break from drumming in 1990 and didn’t pick up the sticks again until 2010. He loves drumming with great talent and can be found working locally with many different bands. He is excited to work with Sound Advice and Dawn Martin
In a suburb of Milwaukee, Mr. Young, the band director at Horning Middle School summoned his first and second chair trumpeters. He had heard rumors of a rock band being formed and would try in vain many times to prevent it. Oblivion was born. Mark honored his promise to continue with trumpet but was to become a lead singer and bassist at age 12.
Oblivion started playing in nightclubs when Mark was just 15 and they released a positively reviewed 45 single in his senior year.
He studied music at UWM and took Private lessons at the Milwaukee conservatory of Music for two years before moving to San Francisco at age 19 where he played in several bands with members of John Lee Hookers Coast to Coast Blues Band.
Subsequently, Mark would play in a conservatively estimated 50 different groups in venues as large as San Diego stadium leading him to Memphis, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Reno, Seattle, Japan, and The Bahamas.
Mark stays busy by covering all genre of music including disco, funk, Jazz fusion, Jazz standards, R&B, heavy metal, classic rock, salsa, blues and country prompting him to refer to himself as a musical prostitute.
The very first record Mark owned was “ABC” by the Jackson Five. Motown sunk in deep.