trumpet & flugelhorn, compser, arranger,conductor, educator
Bob is a trumpet and flugelhorn player whose performances are especially notable for his lyrical
style and fine tone. His harmonically oriented improvisations shift between aggressive and cool
In speaking of Lark, jazz icon Clark Terry says, “He’s a very good trumpet player, a very good
musician. He’s paid his dues.” Recently released on the Jazzed Media label is the critically
acclaimed CD recording REUNION, by Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band. This follows the
success of the Jazzed Media CD recordings Cathy's Song, by Bob Lark and Friends with Phil
Woods, Rufus Reid and Jim McNeely.
Suggestions, and Live at the Jazz Showcase and In Her Eyes, by the Bob Lark/Phil Woods
Quintet, a group that includes prominent jazz artists Jim McNeely, Steve Gilmore and Bill
Goodwin. Bob’s playing and writing are also featured on the compact disc recordings Until You
(2003) and First Steps (1997) on the Hallway label. He is an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist.
Bob Lark serves as the Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois,
where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble and the Phil Woods Ensemble, teaches jazz
trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz style. Under his direction the DePaul University
Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators
Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and has recorded albums with legendary jazz
artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, BobBrookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Jim McNeely, Frank
Wess, Slide Hampton, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra members
Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh.
Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor, and is the past-president of the Illinois Unit
of the International Association for Jazz Education, has chaired the International Trumpet Guild
jazz improvisation competition, served as the host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz
Trumpet Solo Competition, and throughout the 1990’s directed the Midwest GRAMMY High
School Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment to DePaul University, Bob was an Assistant Professor
of Music at Emporia State University, Kansas, where he taught applied trumpet lessons, a course
in jazz pedagogy, directed the university jazz bands, and served as the director of The Great
Plains Jazz Camp.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas,
having earlier earned a Master’s degree from that school and a Bachelor of Music Education
degree from The Ohio State University.
RIGHT TO SWING
PHIL WOODS &
DePAUL UNIVERSITY JAZZ
BOB LARK director
BOB LARK and his
ALUMNI BIG BAND