Alto Saxophone and Flute
Ray has been professionally performing on his major instruments of saxophone, flute, and clarinet as well teaching private music lessons since 1982. He holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, a M.A. degree in Music Performance from The College of New Jersey, and an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Following a successful career in music education, Ray moved on to educational administration and currently serves as Superintendent, Principal, and Chief School Administrator in New Jersey.
His performance, classical to jazz, includes churches, private affairs, corporate affairs, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, big bands, and musical pit orchestras.
We made such a great decision having Bob perform at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He was great to work with and was more than happy to learn a new song we wanted for the processional. He also had a lot of ideas and suggestions when we were selecting our music. I never thought I would walk up to the Bridal Chorus, but his arrangement was so beautiful -- I just had to! He arrived on time, looked professional, and did a great job! Live music is such a nice touch, and Bob is very talented. You will not be disappointed!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Reviewed On: 02/24/2018
We are planning our activities for 2014, and would like to know if you can play for us again on Saturday, December 13th? Our members raved about your music program. It really was the best! Please let me know if you can play for us again.
Hopefully, you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Our best wishes for a happy, healthy and fun new year.
Thanks for treating us to some fine music. We so appreciated it.
Warm regards, Mary Jo Stephens BBSC
Thanks so much for your kind note. We so enjoyed sharing evening with you and we appreciate your talent.
You fit in perfectly with the family! That made the evening even more special! I hope we can share another evening together soon. I'd be happy to respond to gigmasters when I hear from them.
Leslie (4/25/2017 Birthday Party for her Mom)
Bob Emmons was amazing. His piano playing was phenomenal and added just the right mood to our ceremony. But, his knowledge and responsiveness to what we wanted was top notch. We spoke for a long time about what we wanted our ceremony to be and he was with us every step of the way, making suggestions and even learning new songs for us. I would definitely recommend him for all our your musical accompaniment needs. From the traditional bridal chorus to Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, he did it all! Wedding Ceremony of Kerri and Phillip at Stone Terrace in Hamilton, NJ on 7/25/15
Bob with Rich Kurtz on bass.
Bob Emmons has been performing since age 7 on various keyboards, eventually landing him with cover bands playing anything from rock to big band jazz styles. He attended The College of New Jersey (previously Trenton State) and earned his Bachelors Degree in music education, with an emphasis on piano performance. He studied with Shirley Batchelor for his classical training, and since he always had an affinity for improvising and creating, continued jazz studies with numerous artists. Bob's current performance schedule finds him in Atlantic City, Philadelphia,
Bob is available to perform piano / keyboard music for your special event; from a wedding ceremony, cocktails, reception, to all private or corporate events, he is able to provide a polished, class act of quality piano music to serve your needs. His repertoire consists of Jazz Standards, Broadway, Classical, Current Popular and Classic Rock selections. Bob performs an eclectic mix of music spanning many genres and time periods. A typical set might include Night and Day by Cole Porter (swing jazz), Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons (current popular), Sun and Moon from Claude-Michel Schonberg (Broadway musical), an improv version of Us and Them by Waters / Wright of Pink Floyd (classic rock) to Clair de Lune from Claude Debussy (classical). Of course Bob will select the appropriate music for the occasion as needed, to set the proper musical "atmosphere". Preludes before a Wedding Ceremony will be a different set list than that of a Cocktail / Dinner Party. To listen to music samples of Bob performing please go to the Music / Video Samples and Wedding Planner pages of this website.
In his past career as music educator, Bob dedicated 30 years to instructing children in the Hamilton Township, New Jersey Public Schools, as an instrumental music teacher. In his most recent post he served in four elementary schools, with over 200 students in his roll book
One of Bob's current projects is "Piano Time", an adult piano class that is offered in local community education programs. He is a big advocate of continuing education and lifelong learning to better ourselves, broaden our horizons while having fun, and in return helping to keep our mental abilities sharp!