Robert L. Lee is a public school teacher from Dothan, Alabama. He is the director of bands at Beverlye Magnet School, an accelerated academic school for grades 6-8. His bands have consistently received superior ratings and have also been awarded the Band of Distinction Award. He is also the assistant director of bands at Dothan High School, where he coordinates and directs the schools marching band, “The Greatest Band in Tiger Land.”
He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Troy University and his Master’s of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Much of his research and study has focused on developing supplementary methods and practices to develop young ensembles.
Growing up, he was always involved in some kind of music. With his parents both being church musicians, practicing the love of music came early for him. He entered beginning band in 6th grade and chose to play the trombone. This would eventually lead him to a fruitful career as a high school and college musician, auditioning for several concert band venues, and in many cases, earning principal chair across the Southern United States. Some of these were the Southeastern United States Clinic and Honor Band, the Alabama Bandmasters Association district honor band, the Alabama All-State “Red Band,” as well as the Alabama All-State “Blue Band,” the Tri-State honor band, the Santa Rosa All-County band and the Troy University Symphony band.
He would later change his mind about pursuing a DMA in Trombone performance, and instead made the decision to teach concert band in public schools. He has numerous published works that aim to build and improve young bands. Apart from teaching and composing, he is also a freelance trombonist, and plays in orchestras and chamber performance venues across the southeastern United States. He resides in Dothan, Alabama with his wife, Amber.