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July 5, 2014
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Longtime musician hopes to fill niche in Carson Valley

After a 28-year absence, Tom Martel has returned to Carson Valley with visions of opening a full-service music enterprise. He is beginning by offering guitar and songwriting instruction to local residents.

Martel is a life member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Nashville Association of Songwriters International. He was the musical director for the original touring production of “Jesus Christ, Superstar” and wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway rock opera “Hard Job Being God.” He has appeared on the Broadway stage, on television and radio, has recorded for GPM Records and has performed with artists such as Jose Feliciano, Bill Cosby and the Grand Funk Railroad. His songs have been published by MCA Music, Black Mountain Music and others.

“Most of my commercial music and drama activities took place before my hair started to turn gray,” Martel said. “As our family started to grow, I gravitated toward my other passion: law enforcement. That’s what led to our move to Phoenix in 1986.”

Until retiring last July, Martel served as a sworn officer, a securities fraud investigator in the private sector and, most recently, a private investigator working with the Superior Court system in Arizona on criminal cases, mostly gang-related homicides. He also assisted with police K-9 programs in the Phoenix area.

“I have been able to keep my love for music and writing alive by volunteering in the contemporary Christian world for the last several years,” he said.

He helped various churches in Arizona develop or enhance their music and drama ministries.

“My ultimate goal is to open a free-standing music store that can not only meet the supply needs of amateur and professional musicians in the Carson Valley, but also provide studio facilities for instruction and recording,” Martel shared. “There are a lot of talented people in this wonderful place and it would be nice to spare them from driving to Carson City or Reno. I hope to get this up and running by the second quarter of next year. In the meantime I’ll concentrate on teaching the next generation of musicians and songwriters…in their homes…one note at a time.”

Martel and his wife, Lori, have been married 43 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.

For more information, call Martel at 781-1206 or email

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