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Mr. Rob Blankenship

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Associate Director

Phone: (804) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Richmond Concert Band
P.O. Box 268
Richmond, Virginia 23218
United States

Company Description: The Richmond Concert Band, is a diverse but united adult community band whose mission is to perform free concerts for the citizens of the metropolitan Richmond...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Douglas S. Freeman High School
  • Executive Board Member
    Douglas S. Freeman High School
  • Member
    Commonwealth Winds
  • Member
    ASCAP
  • Board Member
    Richmond Jazz Band
  • Member
    National Association for Music Education
  • Member
    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Education

  • Douglas Freeman High School
  • Bachelor of Music degree
    Longwood College
  • Freeman
  • Armed Forces School of Music
  • Master of Music Education degree
    Virginia Commonwealth University
14 Total References
Web References
Staff
www.freemanband.org, 11 April 2014 [cached]
Rob Blankenship (Director) was named Director of Bands at DSF in 2006. Prior to that, he taught elementary music in Henrico County for five years. He is an alumnus of Douglas Freeman High School and a holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Longwood College. Before attending Longwood, Mr. Blankenship served in the United States Army with the 26th Army Band, Ft. Hamilton, NY and the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Ft. Hood, TX. His duties in the army included service as a clarinet player, saxophone player, vocalist and arranger. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a regular performer with The Commonwealth Winds, is the associate director of the Richmond Concert Band and is the co-director of the newly formed Richmond Jazz Band. He is also an amateur composer and arranger. In 2012 his composition "Hail To Longwood U" was chosen by Longwood University as the school's new fight song. Mr. Blankenship lives in Henrico County with his wife, Angie, and their two children, Jesse and Julie. Email Mr. Blankenship at rpblanke@henrico.k12.va.us
Richmond Concert Band
www.rcband.org, 7 July 2010 [cached]
Richmond Concert Band's Associate Conductor Rob Blankenship is commissioned by Musical Mondays at Maymont's Festival Director to write an exciting piece in recognition of Musical Mondays at Maymont's 10th anniversary. Each of the six community bands in the concert series will perform Mr. Blankenship's "Maymont" during their concert.
Director Biography
www.freemanband.org, 16 May 2007 [cached]
Rob Blankenship
Rob Blankenship was named Director of Bands at Douglas Freeman High School in 2006.A native of Richmond, he attended Henrico County Public Schools and graduated from Freeman in 1992.As a student at Freeman, he was a member of the Rebel Brigade where he played clarinet in the Concert Band, saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble and - during different seasons - clarinet, saxophone and mellophone in the Marching Band.
After high school, Mr. Blankenship joined the United States Army Band Program.He graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia in 1993.He then served in the 26th Army Band, Ft. Hamilton, New York and the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Ft. Hood, Texas.His duties in the Army included service as a clarinet player, and arranger for the 1st Cav.Band.In 1996, he was honorably discharged from the army, and returned to Virginia to begin a formal education in music.
In 2000, Mr. Blankenship received a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in Instrumental Music Education from Longwood College (now Longwood University).At Longwood, he studied clarinet with Dr. Charles Kinzer, and theory and composition with Dr. Gordon Ring.He was the clarinet section leader (all 4 years) for the Wind Ensemble, and played baritone sax for 2 years and lead alto sax for 2 years in the Jazz Ensemble.He was a section leader and also served as president for the Camerata Singers (a select choir), and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Blankenship taught music at R.C. Longan Elementary School and Pemberton Elementary School in Henrico County.He is pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is very involved in the musical community around Richmond.He is a member and assistant director of the Richmond Concert Band, and a member of the Commonwealth Winds, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA).
Mr. Blankenship has composed several pieces for wind ensemble, and has written arrangements for various ensembles and organizations.During the last few summers, he has worked as an arranger for the Manchester High School Marching Lancer Band in Chesterfield, Virginia.In the summer of 2004, he was hired to arrange the field show music for the Broad Run High School Marching Band in Loudoun County.
executive board
www.freemanband.org, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
Rob BlankenshipBand Director:
Concert by three Longwood ensembles part of presidential inauguration - Longwood University
www.longwooduniversity.com, 4 Oct 2011 [cached]
There also will be a piece, "Colonnade," written in 2002 by Rob Blankenship, a 2000 Longwood graduate who majored in music and now is band director at Douglas Freeman High School in Henrico County.
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