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Bob Lark

BME Ohio State University
MME University of North Texas
DMA University of North Texas

Courses Taught
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Pedagogy
Jazz History
Jazz Style and Analysis
Applied Jazz Trumpet
Applied Jazz Improvisation Lessons
Jazz Combos

Bob Lark is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as a contemporary jazz educator and performer of integrity. His approach to pedagogy and rehearsal techniques has been noted by participation in professional conferences; publication of articles; compact disc recordings as both a performer and ensemble director; and the direction of numerous student honors ensembles. Down Beat magazine recognized Bob’s work in 2010 with their Jazz Education Achievement Award.

In 2013, DePaul University honored Bob Lark as an ambassador for the DePaul Distinctions campaign. He serves as a Professor of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy, jazz style, and jazz history. Under his direction The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and has recorded albums with legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Jeff Hamilton, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Ira Sullivan, Mark Colby, Bobby Shew, Frank Wess, Ron Perrillo, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh. 

Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor. He has served as host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, is the past-president of the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, and has chaired the International Trumpet Guild jazz improvisation competition. Throughout the 1990’s, Bob directed the Midwest GRAMMY High School Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment to DePaul University, Bob was an Assistant Professor of Music at Emporia State University, Kansas. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas, having earlier earned a Master’s degree from that school, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. 

As a performer, Bob is a trumpet and flugelhorn player whose performances are especially notable for his lyrical style and warm tone. His harmonically oriented improvisations shift between aggressive and cool playing. In speaking of Lark, jazz icon Clark Terry says, “He’s a very good trumpet player, a very good musician. He’s paid his dues.”  

Recently released on the Jazzed Media label is the critically acclaimed compact disc recording Sweet Return (Jazzed Media JM1068), by Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band. This follows the success of a series of recordings on the Jazzed Media label, including those by The Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet, and Bob Lark and Friends, with Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely and Mark Colby. Bob’s playing and writing are also featured on the CD recordings Until You and First Steps on the Hallway label. He is an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist. 

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