John Babcock news Reply

babcock11On August 31, John Babcock (PC ‘87, Trumpet; BM ’87, Music Education; MM ‘89, Trumpet) retired from the United States Naval Academy Band (Annapolis, MD) after 22 years of service. While in the band, Babcock performed as a trumpeter with the concert band, brass quintet, ceremonial band, marching band and various other chamber ensembles. He founded the USNA Band Brass Ensemble in 1996 and served as leader of the ensemble until his retirement. Connections between the ensemble and Peabody include performing in Friedberg Hall, being conducted by J. Ernest Green, Gene Young and Murray Sidlin.  Babcock now teaches middle school music and coaches football and lacrosse at Calvert School (Baltimore, MD). He also continues to contract for musical services as a member of Carrollton Brass, serves as principal trumpet of the Bach Concert Series in Baltimore, and freelances.

Bob Parker won WHAS11 Excel award Reply

BobParkerBob Parker (BM ’87, Music Education, PC ’87, Trumpet) won the WHAS11 Excel award, an honor bestowed upon exceptional teachers in the Louisville, KY area.  During his tenure as the band director at South Oldham Middle School, the number of students in the band program has tripled.  Parker and has been teaching for 22 years.  The article and video clip featuring Parker and the Excel award can be found online.

Tonya Robles appointed Executive Director of The City Choir of Washington Reply


Tonya McBride Robles  (BM ’95, Music Education) has been hired recently as the Executive Director of The City Choir of Washington. Robles returned to live in Baltimore this summer, after spending most of the last 18 years living around the world with her husband, an active duty U.S. Naval officer. During this time, she taught privately and in international school music programs.  Robles also worked in arts administration and led several nonprofit and performing arts organizations.