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Director of Bands

Douglas Freeman High School

Associate Director

The Richmond Concert Band



Phi Kappa Tau fraternity

National Association for Music Education

Richmond Concert Band Member

Virginia Music Educators Association Inc

Music Educators National Conference

the United States Army

Richmond Concert Band Member
26th Army Band

Rebel Brigade


Armed Forces School of Music

Douglas Freeman High School

Bachelor of Music degree

Longwood College

Master of Music Education degree

Virginia Commonwealth University

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Rob Blankenship (Director) was named Director of Bands at DSF in 2006. Prior to that, he taught music at Longan Elementary School and Pemberton Elementary School in Henrico County. 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 at Ft. Hamilton, NY and the 1st Cavalry Division Band at 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 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.

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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.

Concert by three Longwood ensembles part of presidential inauguration - Longwood University [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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Mr. Rob Blankenship Band Director

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