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About the Founder


Robert Musser is Professor Emeritus at the University of Puget Sound, where he was Director of Bands, Professor of Oboe and Saxophone and Chairman of Winds and Percussion for 34 years.  He is the founder, music director and conductor of the Tacoma Concert Band, an organization that has gained a national and international reputation for excellence.  He is also the former music director and conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble.  For many years he performed as principal oboe with the Tacoma Symphony and as a woodwind specialist (playing oboe, English horn, flute, clarinet and saxophone) throughout the Puget Sound area.  Among his many awards are the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, election into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association (an honorary organization for distinguished band conductors), the Diploma of the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and election into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.  He has conducted numerous regional and state festivals and honor bands and appeared as a guest conductor of both bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, China, Russia, and Ukraine.  Upon his retirement from the University of Puget Sound the Mayor of Tacoma, on behalf of the City Council, proclaimed April 22, 2005 as ROBERT MUSSER DAY in the City of Tacoma “in celebrating the contributions of this outstanding educator, musician and mentor.”

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