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Robert L. Trowers

Title: Lecturer of Jazz Studies
Company: North Carolina Central University
Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States

Robert L. Trowers, Lecturer of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

With decades of experience to his credit, Mr. Trowers has excelled as a lecturer of jazz studies with North Carolina Central University since 2004. Moreover, he has found success as a professional jazz musician for 35 years, having performed around the world including at Carnegie Hall in several occasions, played with such artists as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and recorded two albums with a number of esteemed guest artists within the genre: “Synopsis” in 1983 and “Point of View” in 1985. Beyond his primary responsibilities in his areas of expertise, he has been dedicated to volunteer efforts through the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham. Likewise, he is recognized as the founder of Progressive Artistry, a nonprofits organization supporting the arts through grant-funded jazz concerts and lectures in inner-city communities. Furthermore, Mr. Trowers authored “The Big Band Jazz Education Project: A Case Study” and holds the patent for the elliptical high-mass mouthpiece for brass musical instruments.

Before embarking upon his professional ventures, Mr. Trowers pursued an education at the City College of New York, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Black studies in 1980. He eventually concluded his academic efforts at Mercy College in 2003, graduating with a master’s degree in educational technology. As a testament to his stellar endeavors, he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at “Music is My Life,” a dedication ceremony celebrating jazz musicians and African American heritage in Brooklyn. Born into a musical family in New York that exposed him to jazz at an early age, he attributes his success to his tenacity and unwavering optimism and is particularly proud of raising his daughter to discover her own success. Grateful to have played in the Count Basie Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Ray Westin’s band, Mr. Trowers hopes to produce and market his patented brass mouthpiece design in the coming years while continuing to write and release music, collaborating with universities and community organizations and possibly focus his attention toward automotive work.

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