A native of St. Louis, Robert Coleman was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 37 years, from 1960 to 1997, serving as assistant principal clarinet. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1959 with a Bachelor of Music Education and was awarded the coveted “Performer’s Certificate” in clarinet. In addition to his duties with the St. Louis Symphony, he founded the St. Louis Chamber Players, the River City Saxes, and in 1989 organized the Legacy Big Band. His formation of the Legacy Big Band was
inspired by a desire to preserve the great music of Benny Goodman,Glenn Miller, Harry James, and the Dorseys.
The year 1989 also marked Mr. Coleman’s debut as an active PopsFlorida Space Coast Philharmonic, and was followed by appearances as conductor and soloist with the Champaign-Urbana Lafayette Indiana Symphony and, in 1995, the Saint Louis .
New musical venues include conducting special event concerts for the, as well as numerous events with his very popularand appearances with his newly organized Bob Coleman
Mr. Coleman accepted the Music Director/ Conductor position with theat the end of 1999 and proceeded to produce concert seasons of highly entertaining full-house performances.Read Stl Today