Rob Parton, one of Chicago's busiest and most versatile trumpet players, is highly regarded as a studio, theatre and jazz musician, performer, educator and band leader.
As a jazz musician, Parton has performed five nights a week for the past four years as featured artist at Chicago's Catch 35. The list of musicians who have played in the Rob Parton Trio is like a who's who in Chicago Jazz.
As a studio musician, Parton has played on hundreds of local and national radio and TV commercials and many local CD projects as lead trumpet and as contractor. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Mel Torme, Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion, Nick Carter, Yolanda Adams, Josh Groban, Enrique Eglasius, Natalie Cole and Maynard Ferguson, among others. Parton has traveled with Natalie Cole and most recently was a featured member of the Music Now series offered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a theatre musician, Parton has played the national tours and local productions of Wicked, Full Monty, Sweet Charity, Music Man, Legally Blonde, Disney's High School Musical, Color Purple, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights, and Billy Elliot.
As an educator, teaches trumpet, Jazz History, and Jazz Combo, and he performs with the Capital Brass Quintet and the faculty jazz group Spectrum.
When Parton is not working in Columbus or Chicago you will often find him directing an All-State jazz band or acting as a guest artist with many high school and college jazz programs throughout the country. He has presented concerts or clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, International Association of Jazz Educators convention, MENC and many other music educators conventions.
Parton has earned national and international accolades for his seven critically acclaimed compact discs on the Sea Breeze Jazz label, and the first Rob Parton Big Band CD is expected to be released late 2011.
Recent Professional Accomplishments
Performer at the Midwest Clinic
2010: An International Band and Orchestra Conference
Director of the Illinois All State Honors Jazz Band 2011
Director of the Illinois Music Educators Association District 7
Junior High Jazz Band
Rob Parton Quartet CD released in 2009 on Jazztech Records
Jazz and Pop History
Large Jazz Ensemble