Bob Bryant's Story
Bob Bryant is one of the most determined, hard working, and wise men I have ever met. His story exemplifies a thirst for knowledge, diligence, and excellence unlike anyone’s I have ever seen. I have been fortunate enough to study under him for the last three years at Asbury University in the form of private lessons. The purpose of this look at Bob's career, mainly education, and to observe how he went about achieving the amount of success in a field where so many fail. His story is not one that peaks at a certain event but one that continues to rise upwards and achieve more than he had before.
Bob started playing music in elementary school in the form of a band class. Bob originally played trumpet and described himself as “loving it but not a very good trumpet player.” He continued this throughout his school career until he was asked if he would ever be interested in playing tuba. Bob obliged and found a sousaphone from Lafayette. He described the his first experience playing the tuba that night as “life changing.” Bob practiced constantly and continued to develop his skills on tuba until he outgrew his bands and teachers skills. During high school, he was sent to an elite summer band camp where clinic musicians gave constant lessons. During this time it was suggested to him that he learn to play both upright and electric bass because of the amount of relevance the instrument had to his tuba playing and theory knowledge as well as opening the door to more opportunities to play music professionally. Because of this, Bob purchased a bass guitar and began practicing diligently to understand another instrument.
After high school, Bob Bryant went to the University Of Kentucky for music. During this time, Bob began to gig routinely in various acts and bands. Additionally, Bob began to teach as an adjunct professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University by the time he was 21. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Bob followed in the foot steps of great musicians before him by taking a year devoted to practice. He relentlessly practiced his craft for roughly twelve hours a day for an entire year. During this time he was posed with a major decision; Should he take a full time job offered to him by Eastern Kentucky University and complete his graduate school there. After being offered the job, Bob decided to go to graduate school but instead of completing it at Eastern Kentucky University he decided to go to one of the best schools he could find: The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He tirelessly devoted himself to learning as much as he could while there, continuing to relentlessly pursue being the best musician he possibly could. He completed his graduate school at an incredible rate but the one thing keeping him from graduating was piano course skills. To complete the school at the fastest rate possible, Bob decided to learn piano independently and test out of the required piano courses. So he then devoted himself to learning the piano with the goal of testing out of his piano proficiency requirement. His audition consisted of a multitude of things, notably the ability to sight read music and classical pieces.
From then on, Bob went on to work with well known musicians like Bela Fleck, Smoothers Brothers, Ben Lacy, and Alex Acuna as well as become the house bassist of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour where he performs along side some of the world’s best musicians on a weekly basis. He also continues to teach at Asbury University and Centre College while also continuing to make perform and record regularly.