Robert Farrington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C.L.A. and a Master of
Arts degree from Cal Sate University at East Bay. He has been the Director of Bands at De
Anza College since 1981 where he has conducted the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble,
Chamber Groups, and also teaches Jazz History, Beginning Winds, and Music Business.
He studied conducting with Dennis DeCoteau at CSUEB and Michael Charry at
Mannes College in New York. His most significant woodwind teachers were Victor Morosco
and Gary Gray. Robert started his teaching career as Director of Bands and Orchestra at
Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Ca. where his ensembles earned superior ratings and
students were selected to State Honor Groups. He directed the Pasadena City College band
for the 1981 Rose Parade.
In addition, Robert is an active performing woodwind musician having played with
the San Francisco, San Jose, Marin, Oakland/East Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Modesto
Symphonies; recorded five CD’s with Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band; numerous
other freelance shows such as Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Ray Charles,
Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, the Temptations and the Four Tops, Bob Hope, Manhattan
Transfer, Frankie Valli ; and National Touring Companies of “A Chorus Line”, “Annie”, “Sugar
Babies”, “My Fair Lady”, “Camelot”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “The Producers”, and “Westside
Story”. Robert is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz, band, orchestra, and
solo and ensemble festivals as well as conducting honor groups.
Frederic Palmer, double reed clinician at Carlmont High School, has a BA degree in
Music from California State University, East Bay, where hemajored in oboe, and an
MA degree in Music from Stanford University. He has served on the faculty of the
Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco as oboe instructor and as Resource
Specialist in oboe for the Mount Diablo Unified School District. In addition, he has
been teaching oboe privately in the Belmont-San Carlos area for over forty years
and was a member of the Music Department staff at California State University, East
Bay for thirty-eight years until his retirement in 2008. He has performed with
various orchestras throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as well as appearing as
an oboe soloist.