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Rob Bennion

Utah’s premier Jazz Band recently toured Japan, played for the Governor’s Gala, and Appeared on KJZZ Tv. See for more details. According to Bennion’s mother, Rob was singing to himself long before he learned how to speak. In the public school band program Rob picked up the sax, and teacher/mentor John Talcott introduced him to jazz music, which became Bennion’s musical passion and pursuit. As an 8th grader, Bennion performed on national television in the Kahuku High School Marching Band (Hawaii) and was the youngest member of their jazz band. Later, in 9th grade, under the direction of saxophonist Michael Vance; Bennion beat out high school seniors across the state of Utah to perform in the All-State band. At 16, Bennion was performing and touring with local college bands. There he learned “on the street” the skills of a professional musician: composing, networking, and adapting rapidly to new situations and musical styles. Bennion used these skills to audition for and make lead tenor in the Utah Valley State College Jazz Band his junior and senior years of high school. After high school Bennion served a voluntary two-year teaching mission in Brazil for his church. There he learned the value of selfless service and the rewards of hard work, as well as a love for the Brazilian culture and Portuguese language. Upon his return, Bennion furthered his education at Brigham Young University, playing in various groups from the big bands to small combos. He Studied pr

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