Director of the Wind Ensemble
Robert Pippin is thrilled to be the Director of the Johns Hopkins Wind Ensemble this season! Currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University with Dr. Harlan Parker, Robert currently holds the graduate assistantship in Wind Conducting. He is the teacher on record for the Basic Conducting courses, assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and periodically guest conducts that ensemble for performances. Robert has also held the graduate assistantship in Music Education.
Before arriving at The Peabody Conservatory, Robert was the Director of Bands at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, where he developed a comprehensive band curriculum with a strong tradition of musical excellence in all aspects of the program including various concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching band, and an active chamber program. In addition to teaching, Robert was an active performer in Colorado, playing trombone as a tenured member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and as a freelance artist regularly performing classical, jazz and chamber music.
Robert received his Bachelor of Music in Education and his Master of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. While attending Colorado State, he was and guest conductor with the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. As a trombonist, Robert was awarded the Honors Recital, the Sallee Award for Performance, the David Paul Knight Jazz Performance Award, and was a guest soloist with the Wind Ensemble and the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Contest winner. Robert studied conducing with J. Steven Moore, Wilfred Schwartz and Michael Schaff while at Colorado State University.
In recent years, Robert has been a clinician with several bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles, as well a presenting at the 2012 Colorado Bandmasters Association annual convention.
Director of Jazz Ensemble and Combos
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David Saenz, a Texas native, is JHU Jazz Ensemble Director and Director of bands at Chinquapin Middle School in Baltimore City. David plays alto saxophone with S-quire (a Baltimor
e area jazz quartet) and plays lead alto with the Whit Williams Big Band.
Beginning in fall 2006, David directed the Chinquapin Champion Band in the annual Baltimore City Concert Band Festival, at yearly Winter and Spring Concerts, and in numerous Pep Band performances. David also lead the Chinquapin Jazz Band in performances for Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at City Hall and for Juror Appreciation Week at the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse.
David specializes in jazz saxophone and earned a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University and an MM from New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed with notable players in the Boston and Pittsburgh areas including Darren Barrett, Roger Humphries and Jason Palmer. His 2003 recording, Disparate Impact, features Jason Palmer (trumpet), Warren Wolf (drums), and Peter Slavov (bass).
David is a member of MENC, MMEA and is a four year resident of Baltimore City.