About Me

Bob Riggs

 I started on clarinet as a kid, and have maintained that instrument all along, then added saxophone and played in jazz bands.  I played oboe and bassoon in the Forth Air Force division band, and a year as principal bassoon with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Canada.  Teaching includes thirty years of private woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon) instruction, woodwind coach at the Valley Youth Orchestra at Cal. State Northridge (1980-1992), plus teaching at Pedrini's and Grayson's music stores in the La Cañada area, Nick Rail Music in Agoura Hills, and at Wally World in Thousand Oaks. 

 

My students have played in the California All-State Band, Ventura Honor Band, and several youth orchestras.  Performing in the Los Angeles area includes orchestra work, recordings and touring, most notably with the Broadway cast of A CHORUS LINE, and SOUNDS OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN.  Most recent performing activities include creating multi-track, sound-on-sound projects (playing all the parts), which can be heard on my website.  Over the years, teaching has become my most important area.  It was a logical evolutionary step.  I had been  canceling lessons to play shows, or to go on tour, and sometimes students would be abandoned when needing a lesson right before a critical concert or audition for them.  I also consider my teaching to be professional performing, because I demonstrate music in exactly the same way as when I give clinics.  I also try to devote part of each lesson to playing duets with my students.