February 9, 2017
by Rishika Dugyala
Peter Martin was not having a good morning.
It was 8 a.m. on Dec. 6 and Martin (Bienen ‘04, ‘11) was rushing to get to his classical percussion ensemble’s — Third Coast Percussion — studio space to start practicing before all the musicians began their group rehearsal at 10 a.m.
The week was a busy one for the group: They had an intense rehearsal schedule to prepare for a couple of recording sessions, and they were in the middle of an educational project at an elementary school on the South Side of Chicago.
“I’ve got to get to the studio; I’ve got to get there,” Martin thought, stumbling out of his Chicago apartment. But as soon as the door shut, he froze. He had left his keys on the counter, locking himself out.
Frustrated, Martin spent about a half hour sorting out the situation before he finally began his walk to the studio. But moments later, his morning luck changed. His phone chimed with a text message. It was his sister congratulating him.
His group’s album, “Steve Reich,” had just been nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award.