Dr. Robert Hunter is the Director of Instrumental Music at Mesa Community College. Over the past twelve years he has led the college’s instrumental and music education programs. He has also coordinated a four year undergraduate music education degree with MCC and Ottawa University. Most recently he served on the committee that completed and opened a new 20MM Performing Arts Center at MCC. Upon completion of the new facility he led the way in creating a summer music camp that now serves over 400 High School and Jr. High School band students each year.
Dr. Hunter is an active adjudicator and clinician. He has guest-conducted, adjudicated, and presented clinics to bands and orchestras in over twenty States and four Canadian Provinces. He has led collegiate, public school and professional performance groups in the United States, Canada, and across Europe. In 2013, he was selected by the Arizona Music Educator’s Association as the recipient of the Arizona Excellence in Music Teaching Award. He currently serves on the board of United Sound, volunteers for the National Band Association, and has collaborated with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.
For seven years Dr. Hunter was on the staff of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. For nine years he was the Director of the Phoenix Symphony Guild Symphonic Winds. In past years, he has taught classes in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Hunter has served as the President for the Arizona Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education and as the Vice President for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Prior to his college appointment he taught high school music as well as serving as the Performing Arts Department Chair of his institution.
Dr. Hunter continues to have an active presence as a performer. His trumpet repertoire and performances span classical, jazz and commercial music. He also works and performs for several sports teams including the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Cardinals.
Dr. Hunter completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University. He also holds a Master of Music degree from ASU, as well as a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also attended the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Centre, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Hunter strives to mentor and inspire students with his passion and love of music.