Meet your instructors
If saxophonist Bob Reynolds had a business card his job title would read: Melody Architect. Recognized for his work with Snarky Puppy and John Mayer, Reynolds has worked with top talent in pop (John Mayer, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Usher, Amos Lee) and jazz (Richard Bona, Tom Harrell, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson). Reynolds is a recipient of 4 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and has released 5 albums of original material. His 2013 album, Somewhere In Between, debuted at #1 on iTunes' Jazz charts, and features John Mayer’s killer guitar work on two songs. An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Reynolds spent a decade on the New York City music scene before settling in Los Angeles, where he teaches saxophone, composes for moving pictures, and experiments with music and technology.
A world-class soloist, accomplished arranger, composer, musical director and formidable educator, saxophonist Bob Franceschini is one of the most in demand musicians around in many genres. Internationally renown he has traversed the globe performing with The Mike Stern Band, The Yellow Jackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Omar Hakim Band, Paul Simon and Chaka Khan to highlight just a few. Franceschini has appeared on over 100 albums and has played on countless jingles and film scores. Born and raised in NYC, Bob was fortunate to spend his whole life, befriending, playing and apprenticing with all time great saxophonists, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, , Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzer. Franceschini does master classes all over the world. He speaks Spanish fluently and Italian as a strong third language. Bob is a long time instructor of theory, improvisation and performance coach at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature.
Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to the saxophone and years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads. Bob has played (and recorded) with a long list of musicians including 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, Darrell Scott, Zac Brown Band, The Motet, Band of Heathens, Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, etc. He has been a high school teacher, the principal of an alternative high school, owned/operated a primitive skills workshop business, worked in the adventure travel business, successfully implemented a public school music program based on American Roots music and was a presenter at Stanford University. He has also been an instructor at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature for the past 8 years where he helps people deepen the connection between music, nature and themselves.
2017 Guest instructors TBA, but past guest artist instructors include Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, Aaron Goldberg, Steve Wilson, and Pedro Saxo.