Robert Sagan

Principal Percussion

Robert Sagan studied with Robert Hohner at Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Music Education with Minors in Performance and Computers as well as a member/soloist and conductor of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble. Amongst many National Convention Performances, Bob was a soloist in the Premiere of Michael Colgrass’s Deja’Vu for Percussion and Wind Ensemble at the 1988 CBDNA Convention at Northwestern University.

Mr. Sagan also toured Europe as Timpanist/Principal Percussionist with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the May Festival Chorus under the direction of John Lehman.

Bob holds the distinctions of being a member of the first Percussion ensemble to be invited to the Notre Dame Jazz Fest, and is the only soloist ever to receive an award at the Aquinas Jazz Fest (Judges created the one time award after his performance on vibraphone.)

His Masters degree is from Boston University, where he studied with Thomas Gauger and Charles Smith of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He won the 1990 Concerto Competition at B.U., for which the top prize was the opportunity to solo with the Boston Pops. While in Boston, Bob played in various orchestras, shows, jazz clubs, taught at B.U. and was “in residence” at Boston College.