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Kevin Robb has combined a life of teaching and performing that has established him as one of the most respected musicians in both the United States and Spain.

As a saxophonist, his experience in a wide range of styles, in addition to his skills in sight-reading, improvisation and woodwind-doubling, has made him much in-demand as a performer.

As a teacher, he currently directs the music program at Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, where he teaches IB music and directs the Jazz Ensemble in addition to frequent work as a clinician at Northern Arizona University in Flagstagg. In Spain, he built up woodwind programs at the British Council School and the Escuela Municipal de Música de Collado Mediano, nearly tripling enrolment during 15 years in that country and sending on many students to careers as professional musicians. In 2012 he was named Coordinator of the Music 21 program at BCS, overseeing the work of 11 music teachers with over 400 students and directing the ClassBand and jazz programs. Several times a year he continues to direct seminars and master classes in saxophone performance and jazz improvisation at centers across the United States, Spain and Portugal.

His earned degrees include a Master's in Music summa cum laude from Western Washington University, Gold and Vermeil medals in saxophone and chamber ensemble performance from the Bordeaux Conservatory, France (where he was a student of the acclaimed master saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix), and a Bachelor's in English Literature cum laude from the University of Santa Clara, California. His convalidated degrees from the Spanish Ministry of Education are the Título Superior de Música in Jazz (the highest possible degree in the conservatory system), the Licenciatura (Bachelor's) in English Philology and the Professor of Saxophone degree.

As a performer, his versatility and musical expertise nave been notable trademarks. In the past two decades he has maintained an intense level of professional activity, from classical concert performances- including appearances at Madrid's Auditorio Nacional- to appearances at major jazz festivals. As a free-lance musician, he has accompanied many of Spain's top recording artists in national and international tours, performing in France, Germany, Portugal, México, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Chile and Gabon. He was a founding member of Spain's Orquesta Nacional de Jazz and has recorded soundtracks for a number of films, television programs and radio shows, and played in the pit orchestra for several musicals and other theatrical productions, including those of the Spanish National Theatre Company. In 2011 he was named Yamaha® Performing Artist.

Completely bilingual and bicultural, he has dedicated much of his time to improving music education in Spain. Along with his experience at the above-mentioned teaching posts, his seminar work is often aimed at woodwind teachers wishing to broaden their repertoire, improve teaching techniques and include the use of jazz improvisation with their students. He is also Key Teacher for the European ClassBand project sponsored by Yamaha Music.

During 2006-2016, he was the official Representative for Madrid and central Spain of the United Kingdom's not-for-profit organization, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, organizing music exams and evaluations as well as courses in professional development for teachers.


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