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Bob Swayze

Bob Swayze

Bob Swayze started music (on euphonium) in the 7th grade in LA, playing in Los Caballeros youth band and marching throughout Southern California. Bob's broad educational background includes Santa Maria High School, Allan Hancock College (where he started playing bass and bass trombone), Berklee School of Music (Boston), San Diego State, Cerritos College (playing with John Prince), and Cal State Northridge (under the direction of Bill Fritz, Kenton alumni).  Mr. Swayze studied privately with Dan Heaston, George Roberts and Dick McQuary, and served as a substitute with the Don Ellis student band under the direction of Stu Blumberg, lead trumpet for Don Ellis.

When Bob got married, he moved back to Santa Maria and started his first band. During this time Bob also served as the director for Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College night bands.

Bob has played for PCPA and in the Cuesta College night band (with such guest artists as Louis Bellson, Ed Shaunassy, Jack Sheldon, Pete Christlieb, Tom Scott, Lanny Morgan, Pete Condoli, Ernie Andrews, etc.). Bob has also played bass in the Graydon Williams band, Tom Harney band and the JP band, as well as backing Jane Russell (with Lee Statom on piano) for 3 years.

The current version of the Central City Swing big band has been in existence since 2002.

Says Bob: "I have had the pleasure of directing some of the finest players in this area. We get to play some of the older arrangements of the Big Band Era.  We play 4 concerts a year and change the music every concert. I am fortunate to have players who have the spirit and the commitment to play big band live music. We'd love to see you at our next concert."