2011 Central Valley Jazz Educators Workshop - September 10, 2011

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Born in Oakland, CA, Bob Athayde began playing trumpet at age nine. He graduated with a major in music from California State University, Hayward with a B.A. and teaching credential and has completed work towards a Masters Degree in the Kodaly Method at Holy Names College.

Mr. Athayde began teaching privately in 1970 and in the California public schools in 1976. He taught at Pinole High School for three years prior to beginning his teaching career at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette where he continues today with five bands, one chorus and three jazz bands. He has taught jazz piano at Diablo Valley College and has been Director of the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop for the past 13 years. In 2010, his “Stanley Jazz Messengers” won Downbeat Magazine’s Middle School Jazz Competition.

Mr. Athayde has garnered a number of music education awards, including the Gil Freitas, Diablo Symphony Association, Charles Schwab Teach Each; Prudential Realty, AC5 Arts, Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust, and KDFC Education Awards, as well as Outstanding California Music Educator Awards from the California Music Educators Association and their CMEA Bay Section as well.

He has been featured as Guest Artist/Clinician/Adjudicator on trumpet and piano at the CSU Stanislaus, Fresno City College, San Joaquin Valley, UC Berkeley, Lionel Hampton and Sitka Alaska jazz festivals; the Sitka Fine Arts, Cazadero Performing Arts, and Henderson State University summer camps, the Suzuki Music Institute at Stanford University, Utah and Hawaii; and has served as an adjudicator in all instrumental music areas for CMEA and many Honor Bands throughout California. Bob Athayde also teaches private lessons (trumpet and piano) and performs with other professional musicians and his own band, Surefire. Bob was also the guest conductor for the 2011 Fresno-Madera CMEA Junior High Honor Jazz Band.