Conn-Selmer Artist Bob McChesney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and began studying the trombone at the age of nine. McChesney holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. In 1979, Bob moved to Los Angeles where he remains, working as a studio musician and in a wide variety of musical situations including film, television, records, jingles, and can be heard on recent CD recordings by Ray Charles—his Grammy Album of the Year 2005 Genius Loves Company, Grammy 2000 winner Diana Krall When I Look In Your Eyes, Michael Bolton (Bolton Swings Sinatra and soloist on Michael Bolton Christmas), Shakira, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Barry Manilow, Rene Olstead, Russell Watkins, Chicago’s Night and Day—Big Band, Natalie Cole’s Snowfall on the Sahara, Rod Stewart (American Songbook II), Hanson (w/Hey Horns), Dave Koz, Steve Tyrell, Michael Davis’ Brass Nation, Chris Walden Big Band, Lisa Marie Presley, Art Garfunkel, Joey DeFrancesco, Monica Mancini, Mickey Rooney, Juice Newton, Steve Lawrence, James Darrin, Facundo Monty, Matt Catingub, Steve Allen, Adam Sandler, Mark Winkler, Bill Watrous, Nita Whitaker, David Hassellhoff, Ryan Dehues, Buddy Greco, George Graham, Mel Torme, John LaBarbera, Dave Pell, Lisa Richard, Victor Lewis, Rebeka, Shelly Berg, Patrick Tuzzolino, Barbara Morrison, Calabria Foti, Curtis Amy, and Anita O’Day.
As a jazz soloist, McChesney is featured on his own No Laughing Matter—The Bob McChesney Quartet Plays Steve Allen, Horace Silver’s Its Got To Be Funky, Bob Florence’s Grammy 2000 winning CD Serendipity 18, and Florence’s Earth and All the Bells and Whistles and on Randy Waldman’s latest on Concord Unreel. He has performed live with Arturo Sandoval, Nancy Wilson, Kenny G, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Long Beach Symphony, Lalo Schifrin, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Stanley Clarke, Robb McConnell, Tony Bennett, The Tom Scott Bebop Sextet, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, Bill Holman, Jack Sheldon, The Long Beach Municipal Band, Frank Capp and Juggernaught, The Woody Herman Band, Supersax, and has performed on The Tonight Show.
Some of his film and television credits include Rocky Balboa, Pursuit of Happyness, Everyone’s Hero, The Good Shepard, Mystic River, Rush Hour 2, Bringing Down the House, The Cooler, Space Jam, First Wives Club, Titan A.E., Double Take, Soldier, The Siege, Dracula—Dead and Loving It, Graceland, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, George of the Jungle, The Durango Kid, A Will of Their Own, Rhapsody in Bloom, and many others; —TV’s The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Happy Hour, Looney Toons, Jag, King of the Hill, Futurama, American Dreams, Once and Again, Providence, Diagnosis Murder, The Drew Carey Show, Bette, From Earth to the Moon, America’s Funniest Home Videos, PBS’s Great Performances Theme, and a variety of cartoon shows.
McChesney’s extensive music computer experience has earned him album credits as a computer programmer and recording engineer on recordings such as Patti Austin’s Carry On, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, Vonda Shepard’s The Radical Light and the double-platinum The Songs of West Side Story with Michael McDonald, James Ingram and Kenny Loggins, David Hasselhoff CDs, and many others. He has also produced CDs for several artists.
In addition to his work as a performer and studio musician, McChesney has authored the trombone method on doodle tonguing entitled Doodle Studies and Etudes (Chesapeake Music). Critically acclaimed and endorsed by the great trombonists Carl Fontana, Bill Watrous, and Joseph Alessi, McChesney’s book and recording is an in-depth analysis of the fast-legato multiple tongue technique. Respected as one of the foremost authorities on doodle tonguing, McChesney has contributed to the International Trombone Association Journal about his method.
McChesney was a featured soloist at the 2001 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and presented his doodle tongue technique masterclass at the IAJE Conference in Toronto in 2002. In 2004 McChesney performed both the debut of Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra by Louis Forestieri and The Carnival of Venice with the Idaho Falls Symphony. In 2005 McChesney’s group performed at the IAJE Conference in Long Beach, CA.
In addition to his private studio teaching, McChesney is professor at California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Northridge, and Citrus College.