Martha (Lord) Welch

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  • Instruments:  Keyboards, Electric Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Home town:  Chittenden, Vermont
  • Years with Satin & Steel:  1971-1972
  • Other Bands and Musical Endeavors: 
    • The Rejects, a high school rock band 1965-68
    • Bourbon Street Brass 1980's-90's
    • Marble City Swing Band 1987-2017
    • Enerjazz Big Band late 1990's-present
    • Misc. jazz groups throughout the years

Background

I'm a retired elementary/information technology teacher, whose interest in music has kept me active in that field throughout my life. My first public performance was at the age of four and I've been performing in various musical endeavors ever since.

I grew up in Vermont, which is still (and always will be) my home. I met Billy Comstock in high school in the 60's, when he became the bass player for our rock group. Lisa, Billy and I started singing together back then. My college years were spent in Boston (Simmons) and Burlington (UVM), where I majored in elementary education and minored in music. I was hired fresh out of college as a teacher in Rutland, where I spent 37 years!

I am an outdoor enthusiast. I have skied all of my life and like to pursue any type of adventure, including jumping out of airplanes! One of my greatest accomplishments was to get a private pilot's license. 

I'm married to a fellow science teacher/musician and I have a wonderful and talented daughter involved in her own graphic arts business here in the Rutland area. I live in my childhood home in Chittenden. 

In my retirement, I've started a unique jewelry business where I make jewelry out of antique buttons. I also give talks on the history of buttons. Website: vermontvintagebuttonjewelry.com

I love to travel! I've had the privilege of taking courses in China and in Costa Rica, and try to go abroad as often as I can. I would go to Italy annually if it were possible! When I'm not on a trip somewhere, I enjoy spending time at our camp on Lake Dunmore, boating and taking advantage of the short summers Vermont has to offer.