Bob Pilkington is a trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator.
Originally from Louisville, KY, he’s been living and working in Boston, MA since 1974. He’s
been playing trombone since 1964, composing and arranging 1969, and teaching since 1982. He studied performance and composition at the University of Louisville School of Music and Berklee College of Music, as well as additional studies with Hal Crook and Bob Brookmeyer. Other significant teachers include Nelson Keyes, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, and Michael Gibbs.
Much of Bob’s career has been devoted to original music projects, both his own and those of others. His own projects include the Landscape Orchestra, Excursions, the Continuum Jazz Brass Band, Orquesta Tropical 2000, Fractal, Federator No.1, and Fusion Nouveau. He’s a resident composer and orchestra member of the Jazz Composers Alliance since 1989. He’s also performed with Antigravity, Fly By Night, Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Fred Ho’s Green Monster Big Band, the Darrell Katz Jazz Orchestra, the Ken Schaphorst Big Band, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and others. He wrote in varying degrees for most of them as well. All these are original music ensembles. At Berklee College of Music he regularly participates in concerts as a performer/writer, including two annual department concerts featuring compositions by himself and other faculty. He’s also performed with and/or written for a number of groups covering styles such as avant garde jazz, traditional jazz, big band jazz, fusion, rock, pop, klezmer, salsa, afro-pop, commercial music, and classical. He appears on over 40 released CDs, records, and tapes from many of the mentioned groups as well as others. He most recently released CD is titled “Lords of Time,” featuring fusion based composition by himself with his group Fusion Nouveau.
Bob is Professor in the Jazz Composition Department at Berklee College of Music where he’s been teaching since 1982. At Berklee he has been recognized with the Ted Pease Excellence in Teaching Award and the President’s Award in Information Technology for his work advancing Computer Aided Instruction in Music. His students can be heard in all areas of the music industry and have won many awards.