Saxophonist Robert Ward is an active performer and teacher in the Killeen, TX area. Ward is currently serving with the First Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, TX. Ward graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on September 7th, 2017 and he graduated on the Commandant’s List from Advanced Individual Training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia on November 17th, 2017. He has been the principal saxophonist of multiple ensembles including the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and the Ohio University Wind Symphony. Ward has performed with various ensembles at multiple conferences including the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference (OMEA), the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference, and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) National and Regional Conferences. In 2014, Ward competed in the Ohio University Concerto Competition Finals and was selected to perform with the Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble at the OMEA conference. In April of 2014, Ward was awarded the Ohio University School of Music's Most Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.
Ward also performed as the baritone saxophonist with the Black Diamond Saxophone Quartet - the graduate saxophone quartet at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Black Diamond Saxophone Quartet has performed at the 2016 NASA National Conference in Lubbock, Texas and the 2017 NASA Region 2 Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as well as various performances in the Boulder and Denver areas. Recently, the quartet performed the regional premiere of Carter Pann's The Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in music.
Ward has been teaching individual saxophone lessons for five years in Ohio and Colorado. He has taught students of all ages and levels. His students have participated in the Colorado All-State Concert Band and the Colorado All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Ward is currently a second year master's student in saxophone performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received the N. and T. Anderson Scholarship. Ward graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a bachelor's of music degree in saxophone performance and a minor in jazz studies. His primary teachers include Bill Burns, an active performer, teacher, and clinician in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Matthew James, Professor of Saxophone at Ohio University, and Tom Myer, Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Colorado Boulder.