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Robert Pitzer

Robert Pitzer, bass trombonist and music educator, has taught music in the public schools of Washington state for more than 30 years, including 18 years as the instrumental music director at Franklin High School in Seattle, and 10 years as musical director and program coordinator for the Seattle Schools All-City Band. Mr. Pitzer currently teaches band and jazz ensemble for the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state and serves as the Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator for the district. He has previously served as a Music Education instructor at Western Washington University, Student Teaching Coordinator for the University of Washington School of Music, and is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout the United States. In addition, he is a published author, performer, adjudicator and clinician, and hosts a weekly jazz program, The Convergence Zone, on public radio.

Robert Pitzer is the founder and musical director of Jazz Underground in Seattle.

As a performer, Mr. Pitzer has worked with Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Watson, Kenny G, Ernie Watts, Pearl Django, Floyd Standifer, Jim Cutler, as well as playing with the Jazz Police, the Hal Sherman Band, the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Pierce College Night Band, Seattle Concert Band, Electric Park Jazz Band, North Coast Brass Quintet, Seattle Seahawks Band, Seattle Composers and Improvisors Orchestra, Columbia Brass Quintet and the Emperor Brass Ensemble. He has also performed regularly in pit orchestras for musical theater in the Seattle area, and for churches throughout the region.


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M.A., Music Education, University of Washington, 2008; B.M., Music Education, University of Washington, 1984; B.A., Music, University of Washington, 1984; 2013-present: Music teacher, Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator, Mt. Vernon Schools, Mt. Vernon, Washington; 2014-2016: Teaching Artist, Seattle Music Partners; 2010-2012: Music Education Instructor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; 2008-2010: Student Teaching Coordinator, University of Washington School of Music, Seattle, WA; 1990-2001: Music Director and Program Coordinator Seattle Schools All-City Band, Seattle, WA; 1988-2006: Instrumental Music Instructor, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA; 1983-1988: Instrumental Music Instructor, Hoquiam Schools, Hoquiam, WA; 1983: Instrumental Music Consultant, Cleveland High School, Seattle, WA

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