Robert Baca is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His background includes countless performances in both classical and commercial areas. Mr. Baca has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Phillip Brunelle “Plymouth Music Series Orchestra” as well as a past member of the popular radio ensemble for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Blood Sweat and Tears and numerous others. He has performed over one hundred Broadway shows and hundreds of recording sessions in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. As a soloist, he has performed in China, London, Costa Rica and Europe as well as the United States.
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. As a teacher, Mr. Baca loves to work with students of all ages. Recently, he conducted the National High School Honors Jazz Ensemble for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at their national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Baca is a Bach Trumpet Performing Artist.
- MUSI 163/363 Applied Trumpet/Cornet
- MUSI 186/386 Jazz Ensemble
- MUSI 259/459 Jazz Combo
- MUSI 339 Jazz Arranging
- MUSI 341 Jazz Improvisation
- B.M.E, Indiana University
- M.M., Indiana University