Hometown: Live in Lee’s Summit; grew up in Independence
Member of the Saint Joseph Symphony since: 1989
Bio: Bob Harvey, Principal Trumpeter of the St Joseph Symphony for 30 years, has earned degrees from Missouri Western State University and Michigan State University. He taught in the Lee’s Summit School District for 29 years, and served as an adjunct for Missouri Western State and Ottawa universities. He has performed and recorded with the Boulevard Big Band, Trilogy Big Band Vince Bilardo Orchestra, and the Kerry Strayer Orchestra. Bob played in the TD Pack Band for over 20 years, 10 as lead trumpet. He is active as a guest artist and clinician, performing with and running master classes for area middle and high schools. He frequently serves as clinician, adjudicator and/or soloist for area Jazz Festivals. Bob is an Educational Representative for Meyer Music.
Q& A with Bob Harvey
How do you define your instrument’s role in the orchestra?
Principal Trumpet leads the brass section. It’s my job to be consistent and match the
concertmaster and principal woodwinds. I must anticipate what the conductor will do, setting
the example for my section.
Do you perform or teach outside of your work with the Symphony?
I taught beginning band in Lee’s Summit for 29 years. I perform in different genres, most often
splitting lead trumpet duties in the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. I perform with big bands and
small ensembles, both classical and jazz. I frequently serve as adjudicator at jazz festivals and I
am an educational rep for Meyer Music.
Have you recently heard great symphony music somewhere that surprised you?
I attended the Kansas City Symphony’s performance of Star Wars (A New Hope) where they
played the score along with the movie, which was shown on a big screen over the orchestra.
Outstanding! Sometimes I forgot about the movie; other times I was startled by the live
sounds on stage.
Any family members also musicians?
My wife is a retired elementary music teacher, church choir director and soprano. My brother
plays trumpet in the Hallmark band. He and his wife (clarinet) play in the Cameron Municipal
Band. My mom sang and played piano. Dad played cornet (which I still have).
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People who know I play classical don’t realize I play jazz, and vice versa. People are shocked to
know that I am a big racing fan. I bowl. I play golf. My wife and I are diehard Chiefs and Royals fans, and have traveled to away games for both teams. We attend a wide variety of concerts;
pop, classic rock, jazz, classical.