Rob Birdwell

Rob Birdwell

Rob Birdwell is composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter, and performer.  He attended the University of Idaho then moved to L.A. to study at the Dick Grove School of Music.  Rob is a graduate of Dick Grove's Composing & Arranging Program.

Rob is primarily a Trumpet/Flugelhorn player although over the years he's picked up other instruments either out of necessity or just plain curiosity including:  bass, piano, drums/percussion, vocals, mandolin, and tenor sax.

Rob has studied with some fantastic teachers:  Bill Wicker (Tillicum Junior High), Gary Walker (Sammamish High), Bob McCurdy & Dan Bukvich (University of Idaho), Del Hartman (his main trumpet teacher for many years), Roy Cummings (University of Washington), Dick Grove (Grove School of Music), Jack Feierman (conducting at Grove), David Angel (film scoring at Grove), and others. 

Some of Rob Birdwell's musical highlights (so far) include:

Rob Birdwell playing the Flugelhorn in Macau, China with Halie Loren and BandRob Birdwell performs with a variety of local and regional arts including Dave Storrs and 5th & B, Sideways Portal, The Svens, Creighton Lindsay, and many others.  He has written hundreds of songs for both vocal and instrumental settings, has several independent "solo" CDs released, and an ever-growing number of charts and arrangements.

Rob believes that the study and performance of music is a life-long journey - he's still learning!

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"Beautiful Moments" features a live "duo" recording with Rob on vocals and the absolutely terrific Dave Leslie on piano. The two performed this track "live" in Dave's West Linn studio. The song pays hommage to the past - past love, friends, mentors and special times, particularly those prior to this so-called "social" era. "I can google your name / but I won't find a trace / of those beautiful moments / from another time and place."   Dave Leslie's piano playing on this track is exquisite - performing a live vocal and piano duo was something new for these two and Dave's sensitivity and musicality helped to make it all gel.  Rob offers no apologies to the Bing search engine stating "Bing just didn't sing as well...maybe in another song someday."

Beautiful Moments

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The Look of Love, lyrics by Hal David, musical interpretation by The Lubians:  Dave Storrs (drums), Dave Leslie (piano/samples), Page Hundemer (bass), John Jensen (flugelhorn/percussion), Rob Birdwell (vocals & flugelhorn)

The Look of Love (Lubian Style)

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From Rob Birdwell's CD, Portrait - words and music by Rob Birdwell

A Ghost at The Gig (The Ballad of Frankie Templeton)

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From Rob Birdwell's CD, Portrait - words and music by Rob Birdwell

Buddy Collette

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