B.Mus., M.Mus.

Instructor, Jazz Studies
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts
School of Performing Arts - Jazz Studies

604.986.1911 ext. 7375
Fir Building, room FR201g


M.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1989.

Dick Grove Music Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 1978.

B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1977.

Diploma, Associate of Music, Douglas College, 1973.

Trombone study with private teachers: Robert Bricker, Dave Robbins, Sharman King – Vancouver, B.C.; Roy Main – Los Angeles; Ian McDougall – Toronto; Slide Hampton – Banff; Bart Van Lier – Amsterdam.


Rob McKenzie (M.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1989) is a composer, conductor, performer and teacher. He brings to his work a lifetime of experience in the Vancouver music scene.

His interest in composition stems from early experimentation with pop, rock and jazz improvisation. This led to jazz and classical training in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Amsterdam, culminating in a Masters degree in music composition from the University of British Columbia.

McKenzie's compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed on CBC Radio, Pro-Musica's Sonic Boom series, as well as the Vancouver and Montreal International Jazz festivals and Festival Vancouver. He is an Associate member of the Canadian Music Centre and his works are published by Warwick Music.

As a trombonist, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver New Music, chamber ensembles, big bands, jazz and rock groups, played in concerts, musicals, with touring groups and on studio sessions for television and radio with Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Natalie Cole, Hugh Fraser, Phil Nimmons, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Tex Beneke, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, The Hard Rubber Orchestra, Fred Stride, Bobby Hales and Rob McConnell. He regularly performs with the Alan Matheson Septet and Lloyd Arntzen's Red Onion Rhythm Kings.

In my role as educator, I taught music theory, world music, jazz pedagogy, history, as well as large and small ensembles at Capilano University since 1989.