Robert Bridge is an Associate Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College where he was recently honored with the "Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching." He is also a 2005 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development "Excellence Award." Robert has degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.E.), Southern Methodist University (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (D. M. A.). In 1995 he was awarded the Eastman School’s “Performer’s Certificate”. He has performed concertos with the Eastman Kilbourn Orchestra and the Southern Methodist University Symphony Orchestra. In both 1985 &1986, Robert won first place at the Percussive Arts Society’s “Marching Percussion Forum” Individual Marimba Competition. Robert has twice been selected to present his research at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention - "Traditional Performance Practices in the Timpani Parts of Beethoven's Symphonies" (1999) and "An Overview of Steve Reich’s Sextet” (2002.) Robert has performed as a solo marimbist in many venues including "Days of Percussion" in Virginia, Long Island, and Kingston Ontario. Robert also performs regularly in the Syracuse area including performances with the Society for New Music and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on commercial recordings of both groups. His compositions for percussion are published by Warner Brothers and Kendor. He is an artist endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks.
Of Dances was composed to introduce the most common four-mallet marimba techniques, in a "harmonically friendly" atmosphere. It is loosely bases on common dance rhythms. For example, the introduction is a cascara rhythm in the right hand and a clave rhythm in the left. This gives way, in part 1, to a permutation based on the clave rhythm.
Absolute Journey Music - Robert Bridge Series MALLET SOLO Grade 6 Features Mallet SoloVIBRAPHONE, UNAC Item # 13742 Price $8.95 This new grade 6 work for solo vibraphone incorporates rhythmic grooves and some non traditional techniques with beautiful harmonies and melodies.