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).
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.