Bobby Spellman

Bobby S.

Brooklyn, NY

About Bobby S.

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Bobby teaches: Ages 7 and up
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Teaching since: May 2005
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I am a jazz trumpeter, improviser, and composer as well as an avid listener and enthusiastic educator. I maintain an active performance schedule playing improvised music as well as funk, soul, afro-beat, reggae, hip-hop, and American folk music. In addition to trumpet, I have experience performing and recording on slide trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and french horn. I write and arrange music for my own groups and regularly write and record horn arrangements for folk, pop, and reggae groups. I have attended Berklee College of Music and Ithaca College, and I have a Master's degree in jazz trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

I have over nine years of experience working with students ages 7 to adult. I have worked both from my home studio and though several public and community music school programs including the Hudson Arts Alliance in Hudson, MA, the Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA, and the Performing Arts Center of Metro West in Framingham, MA. I have studied jazz performance with trumpet greats John McNeil and Walter White, improvisation with jazz gurus David Schumacher and Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with master composer and theorist Ben Schwendener.

As an educator, my aim is to inspire in my students an enthusiasm for the artistic performance of music of any style. I strive to convey my own excitement for the art to young trumpeters and improvisers, and I have worked to encourage self-motivation and a longstanding interest in musical self-expression in elementary through high school students and adults. I have experience performing many styles of music from jazz and experimental improvised music to funk, reggae, and afro-beat, and I use my knowledge of divergent genres to encourage creative experimentation and convey the expressive artistic elements shared by all music. As an improviser I am particularly interested in teaching the theory and philosophy of spontaneous composition and musical communication.

Photos and Videos

Performing with Big Mean Sound Machine at Grassroots Festival of Music and Arts in Trumansburg, NY.


Ensemble Director

Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Performing Arts Center of Metro West

Directed and wrote arrangements for the middle school concert band.

Trumpet and Wagner Tuba Instructor

May 2013 - Jun 2014
GS Music Center

Taught lessons in trumpet and Wagner tuba to students from age 9 to adult.

Trombone Instructor

Nov 2012 - Jun 2014
Kittredge Elementary School

Taught trombone classes to middle school students.

Trumpet Instructor

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Hudson Arts Alliance

Taught individual and group trumpet lessons to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Head of Brass

Jan 2008 - Aug 2008
West Newbury School of Music

Taught trumpet lessons to students age 7 to 15.


M.M. Jazz Trumpet Performance

Sep 2010 - May 2012
New England Conservatory of Music

B.A. Philosophy

Aug 2006 - May 2010
Ithaca College

Trumpet Performance

Jan 2008 - Aug 2008
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Iota chapter

May 2012
Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
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14 Reviews on Bobby S.

Richard Sep 30, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My son cant wait for next lesson!
Donna Q. Sep 21, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Bobby is a great teacher! During my time taking lessons, he always found a way to explain concepts in a manner that I could relate to. Coming from flute, I knew basic fundamentals of reading music and structure and Bobby took the time to make suggestions that were along the lines of my musical experiences and strengths. If you're looking to learn the trumpet, I'd definitely recommend Bobby because he's able to break down concepts and is very patient. If you've been playing trumpet for awhile and wish to get even better, I'd suggest taking lessons with him because Bobby definitely has the resume, experience and knowledge to help any trumpet player go further.
Tom Wanielista Jul 11, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Bobby is personable, fun to chat with, smart, and an all around great teacher! Bobby can customize the lessons for your goals. I can't recommend Bobby enough if you're just starting out fresh or picking up an old talent like I am.
David G. Apr 20, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Verified Student
All my lessons with Bobby has been great!
Excellent teacher very knowledgeable and makes learning fun.
Michael Mar 30, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Bobby has a great talent for breaking down complicated music theory concepts and explaining precisely why they are important to your progression with the instrument. I started taking lessons with him after having taken a ten-year hiatus from the trumpet. During the first lesson, he was immediately able to identify where my abilities had eroded and gave me exercises to improve my technical skills. He also to helped me improve my sheet music reading skills, even transcribing some of my favorite songs into sheet music that I could memorize. I would highly recommend Bobby as an instructor. His enthusiasm for music and teaching is infectious!
Oliver Mar 16, 2016
Euphonium · In studio
Verified Student
My seven year old son has now taken three lessons with Bobby, and he and I have both been extremely satisfied. Bobby has an excellent way of breaking down instructions into simple, clear, and enjoyable steps. My son really enjoys his lessons, has been asking for more, and being a complete beginner, has already learned one song! I highly recommend Bobby as an instructor for any brass instrument.
Michael I. Dec 19, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
I really appreciate that Bobby. He was very informative and he was able to answer the questions that I had concerning playing the trumpet. He also shows me that I will be able to learn a lot from him.
James Mitaritonna Dec 8, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Bobby was able to cater to my abilities and really tailored each lesson to me. Thank you Bobby!
Rachel I. Oct 22, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Bobby is an amazing teacher. Always prepared to handle and encourage my 8 year old daughter to play trumpet.
Rachel M. Jun 12, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Bobby is a very devoted and amazing teacher. Honestly, if you want to be really great he will give you all the tools you need to do that.
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