Robert Farrington– received his BA from UCLA and MA from Cal State East Bay; was Director of Bands and Orchestra from 1975-80 at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale where several of his students were selected to the State Honor Jazz Ensemble. After a year teaching at Pasadena City College, Robert became director of Bands at De Anza College in 1981 and was Northern California President of IAJE.
During the 1980’s, the De Anza Jazz Ensemble received three unanimous superior ratings at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival and performed at an IAJE convention in Los Angeles. The 29th Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival was successfully completed at De Anza and Robert has directed jazz ensembles at Cazadero Music Camp in recent years.
He has performed as a woodwind musician playing and recording five CD’s with Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band since 1979 and performed with Louie Bellson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, and many others. He is proud of the fact that many of his students have become dedicated music educators.