Bob Emmons has been performing since age 7 on various keyboards, eventually landing him with cover bands playing anything from rock to big band jazz styles. He attended The College of New Jersey (previously Trenton State) and earned his Bachelors Degree in music education, with an emphasis on piano performance. He studied with Shirley Batchelor for his classical training, and since he always had an affinity for improvising and creating, continued jazz studies with numerous artists. Bob's current performance schedule finds him in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, New York City, and all of the surrounding suburbs.
Bob is available to perform piano / keyboard music for your special event; from a wedding ceremony, cocktails, reception, to all private or corporate events, he is able to provide a polished, class act of quality piano music to serve your needs. His repertoire consists of Jazz Standards, Broadway, Classical, Current Popular and Classic Rock selections. Bob performs an eclectic mix of music spanning many genres and time periods. A typical set might include Night and Day by Cole Porter (swing jazz), Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons (current popular), Sun and Moon from Claude-Michel Schonberg (Broadway musical), an improv version of Us and Them by Waters / Wright of Pink Floyd (classic rock) to Clair de Lune from Claude Debussy (classical). Of course Bob will select the appropriate music for the occasion as needed, to set the proper musical "atmosphere". Preludes before a Wedding Ceremony will be a different set list than that of a Cocktail / Dinner Party. To listen to music samples of Bob performing please check out the Listening Page.
In his past career as music educator, Bob dedicated 30 years to instructing children in the Hamilton Township, New Jersey Public Schools, as an instrumental music teacher. In his most recent post he served in four elementary schools with over 200 students in his roll book annually. Bob previously taught at Grice Middle school for 25 years as an instrumental music teacher, concert and jazz band director. In 2006, Bob was chosen to direct the New Jersey Region II Junior High School Jazz Ensemble, a division of the International Association of Jazz Educators.