University of Wisconsin Oshkosh trumpet and jazz professor Marty Robinson is one of five prominent Neenah Joint School District alumni to be inducted into their Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 7.
Robinson, a Neenah High School 1987 graduate, is widely regarded in the Midwest as a jazz and classical trumpeter. He earned a degree in trumpet performance from Lawrence University, a master’s degree in jazz studies from Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in composition from Florida State University.
Robinson was an associate professor for 10 years at Florida A&M University and has been a professor of trumpet and jazz at UWO since 2004. He is the composer and trumpeter on numerous recordings that have been aired on national television and radio. Robinson’s work has been performed by orchestras around the country and his jazz music is played by both universities and high schools across the country.
“With this induction into the Neenah High School Hall of Fame, I’m both honored and very humbled to be joining the ranks with foremost Neenah figures, community leaders, captains of business and industry, athletes, scholars and legendary Neenah teachers,” Robinson said.
“At the same time, I’m also very grateful and proud that Neenah is recognizing a musician with this honor, at a time when some people still question the value of the arts. I feel privileged to serve as a role-model for future students looking to develop their passions in music and other arts.”
The inductees were selected by a committee of 15 individuals that included former and current district employees and alumni. They will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. For the first time this fall, the banquet will be held at the new Neenah High School. The event is an annual part of the cistrict’s homecoming festivities.