Bob is a 4th generation Salvationist who started playing cornet at the age of 7 in the Lisgar Street Young Peoples’ Band. At age 10 the family transferred to the Earlscourt Corps where Bob was enrolled as a senior soldier and became a member of the senior band. Since then he has played cornet and flugel horn with the Scarborough Citadel Band, the Bloor Central Corps Band, North Toronto Citadel Band, Agincourt Temple Band and currently the Yorkminster Citadel Band. Bob also serves as a member of the Canadian Staff Band.
Bob’s first leadership experience came while at the Scarborough Corps where he led the learners’ Band and the Youth Band. He has also served as Bandmaster at Bloor Central and Yorkminster Citadel. He is currently the leader of the Divisional Young Peoples’ Band – Blood and Fire Brass.
Bob was a successful music educator with the Toronto District School Board where he spent 38 years teaching music to literally hundreds of students. His education includes Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY.
Bob is married to Irene Petersen. He has one son Rob who is married to Jenna and have two grand-children (Connor and Tessa).
It is a privilege and honour to be the bandmaster of this prestigious group of individuals. My father Cy Gray was a member for many years and Heritage Brass was the duty band for his funeral just two years ago.