Meet Our Faculty /
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
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
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
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 was released late 2011.
Trumpet StudyBrass QuintetJazz ComboJazz and Pop HistoryLarge Jazz Ensemble
Master of Music, Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, Northern
Illinois University Bachelor of Music Education, University of Kentucky