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SCYSO Conductor

Maestro Dan Robbins, is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 1988 and in Music Education, with honors, in 1992. Mr. Robbins is a native of Southern California where he has taught and performed for many years.


Some of his experiences include performing in the CSU Fullerton #1 Jazz Ensemble for ten years. He has been a performing musician at Disneyland for nine years and has been involved in the Christmas parade, Aladdin’s Royal Caravan and Magic Music Days. Mr. Robbins also spent two summers as a performer at Sea World in San Diego. He has traveled internationally to the World Expo in Vancouver, Canada, and has been on eight European tours, performing in such countries as Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Mr. Robbins was involved in the 1984 Olympic Ceremonies as a fanfare trumpeter. With the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Robbins has performed and conducted the SCYSO on 8 international concert tours to Austria and Czech Republic in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009, England, Ireland and Wales in 2011, France and Germany in 2013, Greece in 2015, Austria in 2017 and Germany & Czech Republic in 2019.


Mr. Robbins spent 10 years teaching for the Mission Viejo High School #1 Jazz Ensemble. He is a member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the California Band Directors Association (CBDA). He was honored to serve as the manager of the SCSBOA Junior High Honor Band for the 1995-96 school year and has taught the award winning music program at La Paz for the past 22 years. Mr. Robbins has been honored as the La Paz and SVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2000, and in 2001, was nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award. In addition, Mr. Robbins has been honored by the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Phi Delta Kappa (ΦDΚ) and was elected as Teacher of the Year. In 2009, Mr. Robbins was selected to conduct the SCSBOA middle school honor Jazz band and has also been nominated for the Grammy music educator of the year award. Mr. Robbins has two sons, Nicholas and Nolan who are also excellent musicians. 



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