A Party Of One

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Bob Storms is the “Party of One”.  He performs on the keyboard and sings a wide variety of songs that are both entertaining (comic) and very well known to the audience for which he performs.  The Technics K5000 keyboard plays rhythms complete with a full compliment of instrumental combinations; everything from blues, latin, ballroom, jazz and more.

Sing-along songs are always a part of the program and Bob knows a lot of them.  Taking requests and playing them in whatever key the people want to sing them in, is often the case. The list of songs that Bob can play is extensive and he often performs regularly at senior centers and retirement homes.

The Party of One began when Bob had been asked to play for a retirement home in which he had a friend residing.  The gig went so well that it wasn’t long before he was playing everywhere in town!

To book: contact Robert Storms

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Band Director

Robert Storms
Teacher / Composer / Professional Artist

For forty years Bob had been a music teacher in the public schools working at the middle school level teaching band, jazz band, elementary music and chorus.  He was elected Music Teacher of the Year in 2000 for the San Juan district of the Washington State MENC (Music Education National Conference) by his peers and was susequently admitted to the NWBA, an organization with the elite membership of outstanding music teachers in the northwest.
As a teacher, he found a need to provide music for his own school groups, and used his talents to create new compositions that eventually other school music groups wanted to play.  Bob became known as a composer, so he began publishing his own compositions, and they are now being played from California to Alaska, and Canada.  Bob has directed composer presentations in Kenai and Fairbanks, Alaska, and Tri-Cities, Ferndale and Stanwood, Washington over the past 15 years.  Serving also as a contest festival judge for band, jazz band, chorus, orchestra, solos and ensembles for over twenty years, the composer presentations were sometimes combined with contest festivals.  The success of the presentations spawned more invitations and the composer presentations format was born.
Bob is the winner of three composition contests, author of ten books of songs (1000 songs in copyright), and numerous pieces for concert band, orchestra, choir and small instrumental ensembles.  Several of his pieces have been published by the Macy Company of New Jersey.  Now retired, Bob devotes his time composing, arranging, guest conducting, guest solo performing; but mostly playing jazz professionally.  He was been asked to conduct the Bayshore Symphony in two concerts in the spring of 2012 when its conductor left them.
Bob’s clarinet playing has been recognized by both jazz and classical audiences, is participation in countless Dixieland Jazz Festivals around the U.S.A. have allowed him to perform with famous musicians and travel around the globe as a jazz musician.  As a classical musician, Bob performed with the Whatcom Symphony during the 1980s. Most recently, Bob filled in for the 1st clarinetist in the Skagit Valley Symphony when he was unable to perform on concert night. On that evening he played the entire concert without ever having seen the music beforehand.  There were several important solo places in the first half of the concert alone.  The concert concluded with Bob performing (sight reading) four movements of William Grant Still’s African American Symphony as clarinet soloist.  This took place in McCaw Hall (symphony hall) in Mt. Vernon, WA in 2008

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2017 Annual Jazz Celebration Concert Series

 

Jazz Celebration IX Concert Saturday, March 18, 2017

Concert @ 6:30 pm First Congregational Church 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225
Admission: by suggested donation of $15

Headlining the 2017 show: Bellingham Dixieland All Stars

Its been said that Traditional Jazz is only traditional because it has no new music to offer it listeners.  As such, the music becomes classified as a “museum music” that only people interested in history would have an interest.  Not so fast – Louis Armstrong brought new songs during the 1950s like “Hello Dolly” “What a wonderful World” etc.  But the lack of new songs is also a problem because since Louis died a lot of new music did too.  Movies like “The Sting” brought back Ragtime with the revival of Scott Joplin’s music in fact, “The Entertainer”, “Maple Leaf Rag”, “Easy Winners” were popularized virtually overnight!  Musicals “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, and “The Great Gatsby” brought back the music of the Jazz Age, the 1920s.

But Bob Storms has another idea, why not keep playing new dixieland music yearly to audiences that are expecting new jazz music in the concert they attend.  You see, the support of jazz music doesn’t mean that jazz audiences are so limited that they can handle only one new song in an evening of jazz.  Bob has proved that yearly concerts of new dixieland, ragtime, swing and modern jazz will attract and please audiences.  This will be the ninth year of the annual Jazz Celebration series and for the first time will feature only one band, a dixieland band, The Bellingham Dixieland All Stars, rather than several bands playing various styles of jazz.  All musicians are local performers.

This year, the proceeds will be going to the homeless in Bellingham and Whatcom County.  Best-selling author, Richard LeMieux, (“Breakfast at Sally’s”) will attend and speak.  Richard wrote the book while homeless on the streets of Bremerton, where he lives but is no longer homeless.  He went homeless when he lost everything in his business during the economic downturn in 2002,  He was evicted and on the street very quickly, and subsequently lived in his van with his dog, Willow.  This is a “Willow” event.

Please make your New Years resolution to attend the concert and show support for Dixieland jazz, help the homeless and enjoy an evening of new Dixieland jazz.

Jazz Celebration IX – March 18, 2017  6:30 – 8:30 pm
First Congregational Church – Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Avenue
The concert is FREE to the public. Suggested donation $15 – tax deductible

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Dixieland Jazz

Master copies of the lead sheets are $2.00
Title  MP3 Link  Description  Buy Lead Sheets
 Dixieland Rag Standard (360) 499-6181
 Old Bourbon Street  Laid Back
2-beat
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 I Want to Hear Some Dixieland  Standard  (360) 499-6181
 My Little Black-eyed Gal   Standard (360) 499-6181
The Cats Meow   Standard  (360) 499-6181
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Jazz

Master copies of the lead sheets are $2.00
Title  MP3 Link   Description  Buy Lead Sheets
 Your the One Medium Swing (360) 499-6181
 Home Cookin’ Medium Swing (360) 499-6181
 Little Song Bossa Nova (360) 499-6181
 The Grabber Medium Fast (360) 499-6181
 Swing Street Medium Swing (360) 499-6181
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Ballads

Master copies of the lead sheets are $2.00

More tunes are available in this style offline.

Title MP3 Link Buy Lead Sheets
I’ll Never Stop Loving You  (360) 499-6181
 A Kiss for Luck

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(360) 499-6181
 Near to Me (360) 499-6181
 Never Ending Love (360) 499-6181
 Seven Lonely Hours (360) 499-6181

 

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Latin

Bossa Novas, Rhumbas, Sambas, Tangos, Mambos

Master copies of the lead sheets are $2.00

Title  Mp3 Link Description  Buy Lead Sheets
 My Life, My Love Beguine (360) 499-6181
 That Summer Day Bossa Nova (360) 499-6181
 Little Flower of the Night Rumba (360) 499-6181
 Ashley Samba (360) 499-6181
 Y2K Tangle Tango (360) 499-6181
 Katrina Cha-Cha (360) 499-6181
Caribbean Rock  Latin Rock  (360) 499-6181
 Rhumba Numba Rumba (360) 499-6181
 El Tango Posada Tango (360) 499-6181
 Rumba Elegante  Rumba  (360) 499-6181
 Midnight Mambo Mambo (360) 499-6181
 Sambalita Samba (360) 499-6181
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Band Marches

Master copies of scores and parts $21.95

 Title  MP3 Link  Education Level  Buy  Now
Blue and Gold March  Grade 3   Click Here
Old Ironsides March Grade 3   Click Here
September Heroes March  Grade 2+   Click Here
Ski-To-Sea March Grade 2 Click Here
Triples March Grade 4   Click Here
Whiplash March Grade 2   Click Here
Soldiers of Note Grade 3  Click Here