Robert W. Harris currently teaches grades one thru five general music, fourth and fifth grade choir, and The Select Choir at Buffalo Elementary School in the Freeport Area School District and also serves as the chairperson of the music department. He also serves as the director of Buffalo Elementary’s musical productions. Prior to his elementary classroom appointment, Bob was the Director of Secondary Instrumental Music at Freeport.
Bob received his Music Education degree from Clarion University and has done graduate work at Duquesne University. He has studied conducting with Dr. Casey Teske and Dr. Robert Cameron and saxophone with Dr. Michelle Kiec and Dr. Karen Dannessa. As a saxophonist, Bob has performed with numerous concert and jazz groups around Western Pennsylvania. Bob is also an active instrumentalist and vocalist at St. Margaret Mary Church in Lower Burrell. He has served as a marching band instructor with numerous competitive and non-competitive bands in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. He currently serves as a music judge for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA). Bob has served as a guest conductor for the PMEA District 2 Jazz Band Festival in 2012, the PMEA District 3 Band Fest Festival in 2014, the Indiana County High School Band Festival in January of 2015, and the PMEA District 2 Band Fest in May of 2015. He also served as the guest conductor for the PMEA District 2 Jazz Band Festival in February of 2018.
Currently, Bob has an active drill writing schedule; writing shows for competitive and non-competitive marching bands every summer. He is a show design consultant and drill designer for the Leechburg Marching Band and is part of the music and visual instructional team for the nationally-recognized Kiski Area Marching Band. Bob lives in Lower Burrell with his wife, Carrie, and their daughters, Kathryn and Annabelle.