Robert Krueger, Director of Bands

                       3985 Keewahdin Road,

                       Fort Gratiot, Mi 48059

         Office Phone: 810-984-6544 ext. 2221

Fort Gratiot Director of Bands, Robert Krueger, is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University where he earned a degree in Music Education. While at EMU, he studied saxophone with Dr. Woody Chenoweth and conducting with Dr. Mary Schneider. Mr. Krueger student taught in Ann Arbor Public Schools where he was mentored by Mr. Jay MacArthur at Clague Middle School, and Mr. Rob Ash at Huron High School. During his student teaching, he taught 5-12 grade band, marching band, jazz band, drumline, and collaborated with international composer, Dr. David Gillingham, during his residency at Huron High School.

 

Mr. Krueger has given performances as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and West Virginia. While studying at EMU, Mr. Krueger was an active member in several ensembles. Some of his highlights include being the Center Tenor Drummer in the EMU Drumline, the Principal Saxophonist in the EMU Wind Symphony, and the Soprano Saxophonist in the EMU Emerald Saxophone Quartet. In 2016, he performed and presented research on Jacob Ter Veldhuis's, The Garden of Love for Soprano Saxophone & Soundtrack, at the EMU Undergraduate Symposium. During his senior year, Mr. Krueger received 1st place in the William Stewart Undergraduate Concerto Competition and was invited to play John Mackey's, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, with the EMU Wind Symphony as a featured soloist. Recently, Mr. Krueger gave the world premiere of Caleb Hammer's, Spiritual Awakening: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, in May 2018.

 

Outside of school, Mr. Krueger is working on his Masters Degree at Oakland University where he studies conducting with Dr. Greg Cunningham and Saxophone Performance with Dr. Jeffery Heisler. Additional conducting studies have included instruction from Mr. Rob Ash, Director of Bands at Huron High School, Mr. Timothy Krohn, Director of Orchestras at Huron High School, Professor Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, and Damien Crutcher, co founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit.