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Robert Rumbelow

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Robert Rumbelow


Robert W. Rumblelow (b. 1965, Roswell, N.M.) is an American conductor, educator and composer.

Classically trained at the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Dr. Rumbelow had already distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher, performer on trumpet and piano, and was regarded equally adept in jazz, contemporary, pop and classical music. He earned his Doctorate in Music Arts from the Eastman School, a Master of Music Education degree, Master of Music in Conducting degree, and Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Texas Tech University. After his schooling at Texas Tech University, Rumbelow taught at Lubbock High School creating notable jazz, concert, and marching band programs.

In his academic teaching career, he has been a tenured full professor at both Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music and the University of Illinois where he conducted top ensembles, operas, coached graduate and undergraduate student conductors, and taught various related classes including conducting, score analysis, literature/repertoire, and orchestration. He was an active undergraduate conducting teacher and conductor of wind ensembles, chamber groups, contemporary ensemble, and chamber orchestra as a graduate teaching assistant and eventual lecturer-level faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

As a composer and arranger, Dr. Rumbelow’s music is performed internationally. While his background is firmly rooted in classical music, his passion for contemporary music coupled with a background in jazz has allowed his compositional voice to create a varied repertoire.

Maestro Rumbelow continues to coach both professional and student conductors throughout the U.S. as part of his artistic outreach. He is dedicated to community involvement in the arts, building friends for the arts, and engaging as many segments of society as possible through musical outreach and innovative concert experiences.

In 2014 Rumbelow, while director of bands at the University of Illinois, was convicted of selling university instruments for personal gain, and resigned from his position.

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