Conejo INSTITUTE of Music STAFF & GUEST ARTISTS


Chad Bloom, Conejo Institute of Music Jazz Band Director

Chad Bloom has been teaching at Agoura High School since 2004. Prior to this, he was a member of The New York City Teaching Fellows while teaching at P.S.123 in Harlem, New York where he started an elementary school band through VH1’s “Save The Music” program. He graduated from the California State University Northridge Jazz Studies Program, and has a Master of Music Education degree from Lehman College in New York City. Along with being mentored by long-time and now retired AHS Music Director John Mosley, he participated in several Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy Workshops and teacher training sessions through Teacher’s College, Columbia University. During his tenure at AHS, Mr. Bloom has lead the AHS music ensembles at several national competitions ranging from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition (2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2018) to Savannah’s Swing Central (2009, 2012, 2013-2016, 2018). Mr. Bloom currently conducts the AHS Jazz B band and Studio Jazz Ensemble. In 2015, Mr. Bloom was recognized for his distinguished service to Agoura High School by receiving his second “Golden A” award within 3 years, and was named the 2015 “Innovation in Education” recipient by the Steve Allen-Valley Economic Alliance Awards.

Dave Robaire, Conejo Institute of Music Improvisation/Jazz Combo Director

Dave Robaire is a graduate of Agoura High. His career began when he first moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. After five years in New York, Dave moved back to California to attend the masters program at California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation, Robaire was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA where he studied and performed with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Billy Childs, and Benny Golson among many others.

Dave performs mostly as a sideman or as a co-leader in the collectively formed group Holophonor, made up of the seven alum of the 2012-2014 Thelonious Monk Institute program. Holophonor self-released their debut CD in June 2014 and is currently working on their second CD with jazz legend, Wayne Shorter as the producer (to be released in 2017). Besides his own projects, Robaire has worked alongside a diverse collection of artists that includes Wynton Marsalis, Helen Sung, Gilad Hekselman, Greg Osby, Ralph Alessi, Jane Monheit, Jacky Terrasson, Edward Simon, John Ellis, and Dave Liebman. For more info please visit: www.daverobaire.com

Guest Artists/Clinicians (Full roster will be posted by May 1, 2019)

Robert Hackett, Music Director at Agoura High

Robert Hackett received his B.A. in Music Education and teaching credential from California State University Northridge and has taught music for over 25 years. Prior to joining the AHS faculty, he was the Director of Bands at Moorpark High School for 15 years where the music program tripled in size and his bands consistently received superior ratings. Prior to that, he was Director of Bands at Ventura High School for five years where he was named Creative Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hackett was also named the 2005 Ventura County Director of the Year. He is an active clinician and an adjudicator for SCSBOA events and jazz festivals. As a performer, Mr. Hackett plays with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Quintessence Jazz Orchestra, Equinox Tentet, Swing Shift Big Band and the Clyde Reisinger Big Band. He is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Band Directors Association, California Music Educators Association, and California Teachers Association.