Bobby was born June 1, 1926 in San Antonio, Texas. He attended public schools in San Antonio and graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1943. He continued his education at Trinity University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Bobby's first trumpet was purchased at the Southern Jewelry Company located in the basement of a building on Houston Street. The Southern Jewelry Company is now known as Southern Music Company where Bobby is currently employed.
Bobby's first teaching job was at Kennedy High School in San Antonio where he remained for only one year. He directed bands at South San Antonio High School for 6 1/2 years; Burbank High School (San Antonio) 6 1/2 years; Randolph High School (Randolph Air Force Base-San Antonio) 6 years; and established the Roosevelt High School band program in the Northeast School District of San Antonio. Before retiring from teaching in 1983, Bobby served as an elementary and high school principal.
Bobby's bands were consistent U.I.L. Sweepstakes winners. His bands participated at Six Flags over Texas, the Parade of Champions in Dallas, and marched in several Sun Bowl Parades in El Paso. He has served as an adjudicator in concert, sight-reading, and marching contests in virtually every region in the state of Texas, as well as in New Mexico, Arizona, and Kansas. He is still active as an adjudicator and clinician, and usually clinics 7 or 8 bands a year.
In 1946, Pat Arsers (one of last years' inductees) invited several band directors to his home in San Antonio to discuss the possibility of forming an organization for band directors. Bobby was included in this meeting. The organization became a reality, and is now known as the Texas Bandmasters Association. Bobby became a charter member, and has served TBA in some capacity for 16 years. He was President of TBA in 1962, and also served on the Executive Board.
Bobby has been principal trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony, and has also performed with the San Antonio Wind Symphonic Band. He had his own dance band for 13 years. He belongs to TMEA, TBA, and ASBDA.
Bobby and his wife, Ann, have two sons of whom they are very proud. Danny is Art Director for the U.S. Automobile Association in San Antonio, and Bobby was nominated for six Tony awards in New York last year.
Bobby has an enviable reputation as an educator and band director, and his contributions to the profession are immeasurable.