Faculty by Area

Rob Tapper

Professor of Trombone & Director of Jazz Studies

Contact

  • Office: Room 013 - Music Building
  • Phone: 406-243-6880
  • Fax: 406-243-2441
  • Email: robert.tapper@umontana.edu
  • Office Hours:

    Please contact me at robert.tapper@umontana.edu to set up an appointment

Personal Summary

Rob Tapper is Professor of Trombone and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Montana coordinating the UM Jazz Festival, four big bands, seven small groups, an undergraduate Jazz Degree and the trombone studio. A relentless advocate for music education, Rob was awarded a Washington State "2008 Teacher of the Year Award”, was inducted into the WMEA Hall of Fame (2012) and has also received a Spokane Arts Commission “Contributions to Education” Award. As an active performer and teacher in both classical and jazz idioms he has performed, adjudicated and recorded at many festivals, concert halls and conferences in orchestral, jazz and commercial settings around the United States, Europe and Canada. Rob is currently Principal Trombone in the Missoula Symphony and has degrees in Music Education (UNH) and Jazz and Commercial Media (Eastman). Rob is a Getzen clinician and performs exclusively on Getzen trombones.

Education

Eastman School of Music - M.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Media

University of New Hampshire - B.M. in Music Education

Courses Taught

Jazz Ensemble I

Jazz Band II

Jazz Improvisation

Applied Trombone

Jazz Arranging

Jazz Pedagogy

Trombone Choir

Small Group Coach

 

Teaching Experience

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Rob is currently Assistant Professor of Trombone and Director of Jazz Activities at the University of Montana coordinating four big bands, eight small groups, an undergraduate Jazz Degree and the trombone studio. Previously he held a similar position at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.

Field of Study

Classical Trombone

Jazz Improvisation

Jazz Pedagogy

 

Professional Experience

As an active performer and educator in both classical and jazz idioms, Rob has performed and adjudicated at many festivals, concert halls, universities and conferences in orchestral, jazz and commercial settings around the United States, Europe and Canada alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Rob has had his compositions and arrangements commissioned and performed by numerous middle school, high school and college ensembles.

Recently he has performed with the Missoula Symphony (principal trombone), the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Symphony, at the Bellevue College Jazz Festival, with Byron Stripling and with Eden Atwood. Rob is a Getzen clinician playing Getzen trombones exclusively.

Honors / Awards

Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame (2012)

Oregon All State Jazz Ensemble Director (2014)

Washington All State Jazz Ensemble Director (2014)

Montana All State Jazz Ensemble Director (2007)

Nevada All State Jazz Ensemble Director (2010)

Washington State "Teacher of the Year Award” (2008)

Spokane Arts Commission “Contributions to Education” Award (2004)

EWU CenturyTel Outstanding Faculty Award (2002)

Hobbies

Rob is available to arrange music for your jazz ensembles at all levels. He particulary enjoys arranging good music for younger jazz bands. Please contact him at robert.tapper@umontana.edu.