Marty "Action-Mart!" McLean
Born in Michigan’s capitol city of Lansing to two musically inclined parents (a folk duo known to Mid-Michigan as Tom and Mary (Heideman and Koenigsknecht, respectfully)), young Marty seemed destined to become a musician himself. One fateful day in 5th grade, Marty found himself among students selected to join his school’s band program, and for the first time in his life, laid eyes upon a saxophone. Its unique, mysterious beauty immediately entranced him; it was just about the coolest thing he’d ever seen! That day, Marty McLean, saxophonist and musician, was born.
By 6th grade, Marty was teaching himself how to replay his saxophone lessons, on the piano. This led to three years of piano lessons, with huge support coming from his Grandmother, particularly in the form of her old piano, to keep as his own. Shortly thereafter, Marty and classmates William Garret, Drew Cocozolli and Grant King formed a melodic, alternative punk rock band called The Anti-Socials. Until this point, nothing in Marty's life had ever made him feel so alive, free, relevant and just cool. He had his mind made up: "I want to be a rock star. I could do this forever." Shortly after graduating high school, Marty helped found his next band, On the Rocks. This rock/reggae/blues/funk band allowed Marty to go back to his roots, playing the saxophone, alto and tenor at his side, while also performing secondary and harmony vocals, playing various hand percussion instruments, and the harmonica in between.
Over the next couple of years, Marty started working at Marshall Music in Lansing, and with some of his coworkers and close friends, started a band that became to be known as Galapagos 5. Galapagos 5 went on and off through the next couple years, thriving on improvisation and funky, psychedelic, jazzy jams, and after awhile, decided to call it quits.
In December 2012, Marty received a call from his cousin Micaela, inviting him to come check out her Kalamazoo-based band, FlyPaper that was playing in Lansing. Upon being thoroughly impressed by their sound and composition, Marty asked to join the band. FlyPaper consequently embarked on a nationwide tour ranging from the Mitten State to New York, Knoxville to Miami and the Keys, Chicago to Denver, Taos to West Yellowstone, LA to Seattle, and countless places in-between. While racking up 50,000 miles and playing hundreds of shows, the band released a third album entitled "3x3 E.P." along the way. In late 2015, Micaela Kingslight left FlyPaper due to personal matters, and the band Marty had poured his heart and soul into was left in shambles without its leading lady, forcing FlyPaper to call it quits. After spending a couple of months searching for a new group to jam with, Marty stumbled upon former high school classmate Mike Loomis.
Despite not having seen each other in years, both were mutually aware of each other’s musical endeavors. Mike was playing guitar for a relatively new band called Tell Yo Mama, a six-piece funk/soul/rock group comprised of Mike Loomis on guitar, Adrian Bryant on bass, Ray Crane on drums, Eric Kloeckner on keys/synthesizer/vocoder, and Jacque Baldori sharing lead vocals with Lucas Holliday. The band seemed to have a whole package together, in the style Marty was always most drawn to, but he felt it was still missing something – the SAXOPHONE of course! As fate would have it, Marty got his chance during an impromptu band rehearsal at Mike's house, with Mike and Marty already jamming before Tell Yo Mama arrived. They let him stick around for practice to try out some things out, and after jamming just a few songs together they all, almost simultaneously, asked, "So...you wanna join our band?". Marty had but only one logical response: HELL YES!!