John has been a professional musician for over 40 years, playing in shows, small jazz groups and large concert ensembles throughout California, Italy and Germany. A 1975 graduate of California State University Sacramento, he taught music at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, for 28 years. He also had a 38 year career as a military musician, the last 18 as commander and conductor of the 59th Army Band, California Army National Guard. He joined the Orchestra in 2008 as associate conductor. John also orchestrates and arranges pieces to accommodate the orchestra personnel, which tends to vary from season to season.
John has been a professional musician most of his life. He played the jazz chair in the Stan Kenton Neophonic in Los Angeles, and has backed such singers as Nancy Wilson, John Davidson, Johnny Mathis, Bill Medley, Frankie Avalon, and B B King.
John played music in several countries as he sailed around the world on his sailboat ‘Gingi,’ including his own show at the Brisbane Jazz Club in Australia in 2008. He is now living in Newport and plays in the Bringetto Jazz Duo. John is also Band Director of the Lincoln Pops Orchestra. John retired in 2015 from his position of Band and Choir Director at Newport High School. John plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophone, flute and sings and has a B.A. and M.A. in music.
After many years in the Portland. area, Robin retired from his practice of clinical psychology and moved to the Oregon coast, in 1998. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied music composition at Occidental College. After graduation he served for four years as a U.S. Navy bandsman and subsequently taught instrumental and choral music at both the secondary and college levels. An interest in the psychological effects of music led him to graduate degrees in that field and a career as a clinical psychologist.
After retirement, he began to pursue his interest in music performance, as well as composition and conducting. In addition to founding the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra in 2001, and serving as the music director, he organized the six piece jazz group Coastal Steamer and conducted the choir at New Life Lutheran Church. Because there is a limited amount of music written for chamber orchestras, Robin, with the help of his wife, Helen, orchestrates and arranges much of the music played by the Orchestra. His "Sea Shanty Suite" was premiered by the Orchestra in 2004, "A Little Sectional Work" in 2006. His newest major work "Ritmos Latinos" is a suite of Latin-American dances premiered by the Orchestra in the spring 2010 Pops concert.
Previous associate and guest conductors include Shannon Dickey, Steve Conaton, John Dodge, Rafael Videira and Laura Merz.