Derrick “D’MAR” Martin is simply a force of nature. D’MAR is a musician, producer, songwriter, singer, educator, entertainer and motivational speaker. He traveled the world for 17+ years as the lead drummer for the legendary Little Richard. D’MAR has also worked with a number of other artists such as Dorothy Moore, Bobby Rush, Vastie Jackson, Ali Woodson (The Temptations), Big Jack Johnson, Carla Thomas, Billy Preston, Roy Gaines, Mitch Woods, Jackie Payne, Syl Johnson, Bob Margolin and Tutu Jones to name a few. As a producer, D’MAR has produced and played on quite a few records over the last 30 years and has released over 80 songs as a solo recording artist.
He is also passionate about music education which is displayed in his own Music Lecture Series entitled “Drums & More”. This is an informative and energetic program that covers the history of the drum set and helps inspire students to embrace arts and education. The program is offered for classrooms, festivals and formal workshops. D’MAR is continuing to grow and refine his craft. As he does so, he is always finding ways to share his lessons whether it is from the stage, in the studio or in the classroom.
D’MAR appears this year at the festival with The Greaseland Allstars on July 1, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats on July 2 and will be conducting his “Drums & More” workshop on the Crossroads stage that evening.