Rob received his Music Education Degree in 1984 from Arizona State University in Tempe. While in Arizona Mr. Verdi performed in a variety of musical ensembles and enjoyed the challenge
Rob received his Music Education Degree in 1984 from Arizona State University in Tempe. While in Arizona Mr. Verdi performed in a variety of musical ensembles and enjoyed the challenge of teaching junior high music. In 1983 he helped form the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band which went on to become the house jazz band of the Disneyland Resort for 22 years. Rob continues to be a regular performer at Disneyland conducts jazz workshops for the Disney Magic Music Days Guest Talent program and participates in a variety of musical ensembles and projects in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to his love of performing and playing jazz Rob has a passion for collecting rare and unusual musical instruments. His collection includes almost 100 saxophones and over 250 wind brass and percussion instruments . His latest musical project entitled “Saxophobia” (www.saxophobia.net) offers audience members a rare glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever made and pays tribute to a few jazz legends who gave the sax it\’s unique voice in jazz. Rob was featured playing his 6 1/2 foot tall contrabass sax on the 2008 soundtrack of “Horton Hears A Who”. Mr. Verdi hopes to some day establish a musical instrument museum where visitors of all ages can see hear and even play some of his rare instruments.
(Wednesday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm