Founded by bassist Hannah Marks in 2017, Heartland Trio consists of Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, Hannah Marks on double bass, and Rocky Martin on drums. The band draws from Marks’ musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while grounded in the group’s improvisational and groove background of jazz and rock. Heartland Trio’s sound reflects their desire to create with a gritty and spontaneous garage band mentality while exploring beyond the boundaries of the traditional roles of their instruments in a jazz setting. Their debut album, Year One, was released in November 2018 and is available on Bandcamp and other streaming platforms.
Barclay Moffitt attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on the prestigious Presidential Scholarship before moving to Chicago to pursue a performing and teaching career for several years. Moffitt is currently pursuing a Masters in Jazz Studies at Indiana University, and also holds an associate instructor position there. He has performed with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Becca Stevens, Greg Osby, and Joel Ross, among others.
Hannah Marks is a bassist, bandleader, and educator living in Bloomington, IN. Hannah’s main project is her own band, Heartland Trio. She also leads PULFVECK (The Vulfpeck Cover Band), and plays as a sideman in several local bands and ensembles, including the Post Modern Jazz Sextet, the Time Flies, and the Columbus Philharmonic. She has performed with Walter Smith III, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Raymond, and Ann Hampton Callaway.
A Vic-Firth educational contributing artist, NAFME collegiate author, and shedthemusic.com online educator, Rocky Martin is very active in jazz and drum set education, teaching lessons privately in his Chicago and Bloomington teaching studios. He plays drums in avant-garde jazz group Heartland Trio and the New Orleans-style brass party band B-Town Brass Band. At Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, he studies with internationally recognized artists and educators Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro and has shared the stage with Kate McGarry, John Raymond, Dave Stryker, Darmon Meader, and Todd Coolman.