Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contra-Bass Clarinet
Bob’s first clarinet teacher was his father, Walter E. Lake, who was the high school band and orchestra director in Fort Dodge, Iowa. While in Ft. Dodge, Bob performed with the North West Iowa Symphony, the Karl L. King Municipal Band, as well as the High School Band, Orchestra, and Acapella Choir. In 1966, Bob became a member of the Iowa Inter-collegiate Band under the baton of Fredrick Fennel.
Bob Graduated with both a Bachelor & Master of Music Education Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1965 and 1966. A Clarinet Major, he Studied with Dr. Don Jon Mohler and Dr. James W. Luke Jr. Bob taught two years as a band director in Coon Rapids, Iowa, and 30 years in Edina, Minnesota, where he taught high school and middle school band. Bob was also a freelance clarinet and saxophone musician and was a founding member of the Encore Wind Ensemble. He later retired from teaching in 1999 for a total of 32 years of teaching experience.
In addition to his teaching, Bob was classified 1-A by his Draft Board in 1968. Bob chose to utilize his civilian skills training, and enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard Band on July 4th of 1968. He served with the 47th Division Band and 451st Army Band while teaching full-time. He retired in 1996 as a Sgt. First Class E-7.
Upon moving to Texas, Bob became a co-founder of the Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble. He also performs with the Heart of Texas Concert Band and the Helotes Concert Band, both based in San Antonio.
Bob lives with his wife Jean in Lakehills, TX.