Robert Willis

Alfred Author-Robert Willis

Robert Willis was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1931. He began his career as a performing musician in Los Angeles after his military discharge in 1954. He performed with the Claude Gordon and Charlie Barnet orchestras and arranged for a variety of professional groups. Mr. Willis received his bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and his Master of Music from the University of Arizona. He has taught in the public schools of Arizona and Texas and at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Mississippi College. He has accomplished further graduate studies at the University of North Texas. His compositions that have been performed at major universities include a string trio; a brass quintet; a work for contralto, percussion, strings and winds; a lament for baritone, choir and organ; a published trombone quartet; plus a variety of transcriptions. His composition teachers include Barney Childs, Robert McBride, William Latham and Martin Mailman. Now semi-retired, Mr. Willis spends time composing, teaching saxophone and clarinet, and pursuing his love of golf.