Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
Bob Teaches: Keyboard/Piano, Band/Orchestra, Guitar, Drums
Bob Bushnell is the Director of Music Education at Minnetonka Music and has been teaching music for 35 years. He was a co-founder of Minnetonka Music in 1990 and is presently finishing a book on advanced music theory. Bob started music in 1956 and performing in 1957. He appeared on the television show, “Around the Town with Arle Haeberle” in 1958 with his Dixieland band “The Bob Cats” (later changed to “The Small Fry”. In 1959, he did a solo followed by his band joining him on stage at the Minneapolis Auditorium. Steve Lawrence was the headliner. Since then he has performed in numerous venues (from clubs to concerts in the US and Europe – even performed in the cockpit of a commercial DC-10 flying over the Atlantic Ocean and entertained a bus in Denmark), with a variety of groups (solo, duets, jazz combos, rock and pop groups, classical, a dozen Marching Bands and Drum and Bugle Corps, Brass Ensembles, 6 different Big Bands, 2 Dixieland bands, 3 different Theatre Orchestras (Children’s Theater more than 10 years, Mixed Blood Theater – 3 years), symphony orchestras and more.
Performed on various instruments: Drums and Percussion, Guitar (acoustic [classical and steel string], and electric, Bass (upright and electric), Piano and Keyboards, Banjo, Accordian, Trumpet, Saxophone, Sitar, Trombone, Violin, Clarinet, Harmonica, even kazoo).
- As a Composer/Arranger, scored the music for Mixed Blood’s “Tuesday” and probably their biggest hit, “Black Magic”, composed a fanfare for the 451st Army Band herald trumpets, arranged “Happy Birthday” for woodwind trio for members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, arranged music for many different bands and church groups (instrumental and vocal). Composed and arranged music for Ordway Studio Theatre Concert in 1987 and an O’Shaughnessy Auditorium concert to benefit Courage Center in 1989 (segments were taped and played on local Channel 5 after the Twins won the World Series the first time).
- As a Music Director: Minneapolis Aquatennial, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Minneapolis Summer Arts Festival; Band Director: Wayzata Jr. High School and substitute Band Director Wayzata High School; Choir Director: Maple Plain Presbyterian Church.
- As a Music Teacher: Wayzata Jr. High School and Wayzata Sr. High School, Metropolitan Community College, Minneapolis Summer Arts Festival (a federally funded program), Dr. Bencriscutto’s Music Camp, Kullberg Studios of Wayzata, Minnetonka Music (Long Lake, Buffalo and Excelsior) plus ran the community education music programs in 4 cities. Started musical instrument repair in the mid 1960’s and completed a piano tuning course at MacPhail in 1971. Currently he does both.
In 1987 performed a concert of all original material with his wife, Arden Harrison, at the Ordway Studio Theatre. In 1989 performed another concert of all original material with his wife at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium to benefit Courage Center. In 1994, he won the Zeitgeist Song Writing Competition through the Minnesota Composer’s Forum (later the American Composer’s Forum). In 1998, Honorable Mention in the John Lennon song writing contest. He has received accolades and awards as a composer, performer, inventor, author and teacher. He has 2 award-winning games on the market, a highly successful Guitar Instruction method book and is finishing a Revised Music Theory book. Bob is a member of A.S.C.A.P. and MENSA, has been in “Who’s Who” and has been asked to come out of ‘retirement’ with the local Musicians’ Union to perform.