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Faculty and Staff

Robert J. Baca

Robert J. Baca

Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies

M.M., Indiana University
B.M.E., Indiana University

Academic Areas: applied trumpet, jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, jazz history.

Mr. Robert J. Baca
250 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-4371

Mr. Baca is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Other duties include teaching Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, directing Jazz Ensembles I & II, and coordinating one of the nation's largest jazz festivals. Mr. Baca’s background includes numerous performances in both classical and commercial areas. Mr. Baca has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and is a current member of the Phillip Brunelle “Plymouth Music Series Orchestra" as well as a past member of the popular radio ensemble for Garrison Keilor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme and numerous others. As a teacher, Mr. Baca works with all levels of students and has served as conductor for many all state honors jazz ensembles. He has performed as a soloist in China, London, Costa Rica and Europe.

Mr. Baca is a past executive board member for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) as the United States Representative as well as an advisory board member for the "Edwin Franko Goldman Band." He also served as past Vice President of Wisconsin Music Educators Association (Northwest Region) and past president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Wisconsin Chapter.

Mr. Baca directs the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, recognized as one of the premiere jazz ensembles in the United States. In the past decade, the ensemble has toured throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In 1991 they performed in China, being recognized as the first jazz ensemble to tour this country since opening its borders to the western world. The ensemble has recorded ten CDs to date. Six CD’s were awarded the prestigious Down Beat Award in the “Best Big Band” category. Two were nominated for a Grammy. The ensemble's schedule in the last three years has included performances at the Midwest Band Directors Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the New York Brass Conference in New York City, the Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio Music Educators Conferences, two Northwestern Regional MENC Conferences, and the MENC National Conference. Mr. Baca is a Conn-Selmer clinician and excited about the opportunity to work with any age student.

Related Links:
Jazz Studies
Downloadable print quality photo of Robert Baca
Alumni Success Stories:"Classically grounded, musically distinct. Two UW-Eau Claire graduates (Larry Lelli and Scott Pingel) succeed at very different musical careers." --from The View, Spring 2005
Down Beat Award Article


  • MUSI 163/363 Applied Trumpet/Cornet
  • MUSI 186/386 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSI 259/459 Jazz Combo
  • MUSI 339 Jazz Arranging
  • MUSI 341 Jazz Improvisation

Audio Excerpts by Robert Baca, Trumpet:
(All live performances. Excerpts 2-4 min. each.)

Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band, Phillip Ostrander, conductor
Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble - Kent Kennan/arr. Donald Hunsberger

Piccolo Trumpet with Chamber Orchestra
Chippewa Valley Chamber Orchestra
Suite in D major - Handel
Mvt. 1
Mvt. 4

Trumpet with Piano
Trumpet Sonata No. 2 - Michael Cunningham
Mvt. 2
Mvt. 3

Trumpet with Concert Band
Concerto for Trumpet and Concert Band - Dennis Luginbill
Mvt. 1
Mvt. 2
Mvt. 3

Chamber Ensemble Playing
Excerpts from "A Soldier's Tale" - Igor Stravinsky
Excerpt #1
Excerpt #2
Excerpt #3
Excerpt #4
Excerpt #5
Excerpt #6

Trumpet and Brass
Five Episodes for Trumpet - Allen Vizzuti
Mvt. 1
Mvt. 2

Trumpet with Concert Band (Pop Music)
Portrait of a Trumpet - Sammy Nestico
Mvt. 1

Trumpet with Symphony Orchestra
Carmen Fantasy
Mvt. 1a
Mvt. 1b
Mvt. 2
Mvt. 3
Mvt. 3 Cadenza

Trumpet Studio Recording with Orchestra
Theme song for the 2003 Tour De France used for the bike race world wide.