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 choir. 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 subsequently 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, Santa Clara, CA, Tri-Cities, Enumclaw, Ferndale and Stanwood, Washington over the 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 first presentation spawned more invitations and the composer presentations format was born.
Bob is the winner of three composition contests, author of twelve books of songs (1200 songs in copyright), and numerous pieces for concert band, orchestra, choir and small instrumental ensembles. Three of his pieces have been published by the Macy Publishing Company of New Jersey. Now retired, Bob devotes his time composing, arranging, guest conducting, guest solo performing; but mostly playing jazz professionally.
He was asked to conduct the Bayshore Symphony, of Bellingham, WA, in two concerts in the spring of 2012 when the symphony was searching for a new conductor.
Bob’s clarinet playing has been recognized by both jazz and classical audiences, his participation in countless Dixieland Jazz Festivals around the U.S.A. have allowed him to perform with famous musicians and perform around the world as a jazz musician. As a classical musician, Bob performed with the Whatcom Symphony during the 1980s for three years. More 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.