*Pre-concert talk at 7:30
|Claude Debussy||Petite Suite|
|Lee Actor||Saxophone Concerto|
|Ron Bowman, saxophone|
|Bela Bartók||Concerto for Orchestra|
(Age 62 and Over): $18
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Ron Bowman is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator residing in San Jose, California. A native of Washington state, Bowman moved to California to attend the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. His principal teachers have been Dr. Don DaGrade (Pacific), Jim Rotter (USC) and Silvia Baker (Spokane, WA).
Bowman is one of the top-call woodwind players in the South Bay, playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute in numerous musical theater productions throughout the area. He can be heard on several recordings, including the premiere recording of John Mackey’s Redline Tango with the Thornton Wind Ensemble in 2005, under the direction of legendary conductor H. Robert Reynolds, and the recently released Skywalker Ranch recording by the San Francisco Wind Ensemble directed by Dr. Martin Seggelke. Bowman has been a member of numerous professional and community musical groups, including the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Cambrian Symphony, Winchester Orchestra, Contra Costa Wind Symphony, and the Ohlone Wind Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Mr. Bowman’s “day job” is serving as the director of bands at Simonds Elementary School and Castillero Middle School, and jazz band director at Pioneer High School, all in San Jose, where he instructs over 300 fourth through twelfth grade students in band each day.