Bob Lark is a trumpet and flugelhorn player whose performances are especially notable for his lyrical style and fine tone. His harmonically oriented improvisations shift between aggressive and cool playing. The critically acclaimed CD recording Live At The Jazz Showcase, by the Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet, was recently released on the Jazzed Media label. The group also includes prominent jazz artists Jim McNeely, Steve Gilmore and Bill Goodwin. Bob's playing and writing are also featured on the compact disc recordings Until You and First Steps on the Hallway label.
Bob Lark serves as the Chair of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy and style. Under his direction, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines and has recorded albums with legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Jim McNeely, Frank Wess, Slide Hampton, Bobby Shew, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh.
Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor. He has served as the president of the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, has chaired the International Trumpet Guild jazz improvisation competition, served as the host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, and directed the Midwest GRAMMY High School Jazz Band. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas, having earlier earned a Master's degree from that school and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University.