Martin Labbé is a classically trained pianist who fell in love with jazz at a very young age. He is currently the Bandmaster at 8 Wing in Trenton.
After high school Martin pursued his music education at Florida International University in Miami where he received a full scholarship. Throughout his military and civilian careers, Martin has recorded and performed with many stars of latin jazz including Paquito D'Rivera, Nestor Torres and Arturo Sandoval. He has also performed and toured with main stream jazz artists Don Menza, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson and Toots Thielemans.
In 2010 Martin became the first Canadian musician to be offered a position in the SHAPE International Band. Martin accepted the position and moved to Belgium with his lovely wife Julie and their daughter, Charlotte. In 2011 he was appointed Musical Director of SIB's largest ensemble, the NATO Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece jazz band. Martin has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, representing Canada in jazz festivals and jazz clubs in the US, Brazil, Ecuador, England, Germany, France and Ireland. He has also performed many times as a leader and sideman in the prestigious Montreal International Jazz Festival.