UpBeat Brass Band Ensemble

The members of UpBeat Brass are all veteran performers, winning music competitions and working with other top entertainers, orchestras, ensembles, and as soloists. Together they perform internationally in concert halls, colleges and universities, also bringing their signature sound to churches, festivals and theaters. Herbert Martin, narratorMembers have received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Arts Mid West, The Southern Arts Federation, Meet The Composer and the American Music Center.

Our Members:

Norlan Bewley, Tuba
Matt James, Saxophone
Scott Belck, Trumpet
Francis Wyatt, Percussion
Jaime Morales-Matos, Trombone
Herbert Martin, Narrator


Herbert Martin, narrator

for the UPBEAT BRASS “Santa Wants A Tuba For Christmas” program, is D.A. and professor emeritus of English at the University of Dayton and has earned national acclaim for his poetry and portrayal of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, a native Daytonian and the country's first African-American poet to achieve national and international fame.

Martin studied at the University of Toledo, SUNY Buffalo, Middlebury College, and Carnegie Mellon University. He came to UD in the fall of 1970 and has spent the bulk of his career there. In 1973 he served as distinguished visiting professor at Central Michigan University and was a Fulbright Scholar (Hungary) in 1990. He has written 8 volumes ofhis own poetry and edited the Uncollected Dramatic Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Selected Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar. He collaborated with Norlan Bewley to develop the story for the UPBEAT BRASS program “Santa Wants a Tuba For Christmas”, which is based on Norlan Bewley’s song “Santa Wants a Tuba For Christmas”.