Primary Instrument: Trombone
Bob Cochran started playing the trombone at age 12. His trombone teachers include Jack Harris, Lauren Buslee, Robert Bailey, Edward Huttlin and Tom Ervin. Bob has attended clinics given by Urbie Green, Ralph Sauer and Bob McChesney. Bob competed as a trombone soloist in music contests through junior high and high school. He was selected as first chair in the Minnesota All State High School Band in the summer of 1975. The following summer, he was named principal trombonist with the Minnesota All State High School Orchestra. He was lucky enough to play alongside Bruce Eidem (now a top New York professional trombonist) in the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Symphony, and assumed the principal chair duties when Bruce graduated from high school. As a trombone performance major at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Bob was a featured soloist with the Concordia concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and brass ensembles. He played lead trombone in a Twenty-One Trombones section that backed Urbie Green when Mr. Green visited Fargo North, Dakota in 1980. Bob played first trombone with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera and was a substitute trombonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony from 1974 to 1981. Bob's horn was silent for 12 years as he served in the US Army, pursued more schooling, and started his civilian career as a software engineer. Today, Bob plays in the Paradise Valley Community College Jazz Ensemble and with Bones Southwest. He enjoys working on recording projects and has plans to release his first album by mid 2012.