Bob Rebagliati holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a Teaching Certificate from UBC, and a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University. While an undergraduate, Bob was involved in performances as a clarinetist, pianist and a percussionist. He writes curriculum in the areas of jazz rhythm section, jazz rehearsal techniques, jazz improvisation and concert band percussion.
For 33 years, in the North Vancouver School District, Mr. Rebagliati directed many award winning junior and senior high school ensembles in both concert band and jazz areas. As a music festival adjudicator and workshop leader, Mr. Rebagliati has travelled throughout BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. He is well known for sessions covering concert percussion, jazz rhythm section, jazz interpretation, improvisation, and rehearsal techniques. During the summer, Bob has been an active group leader and teacher at music camps.
At the 1991 B.C. Music Educators Conference, Mr. Rebagliati was honoured with the annual Professional Educator Award. In December 1991, Bob was presented with a Distinguished Citizen Award by the District of North Vancouver. In 1992, he was presented with a CANADA 125 medal by Mary Collins, MP. In 1994, he received the North Vancouver Music Educators' Award of Excellence. In 2004, Bob received the Leadership In Music Education Award from the Coalition For Music Education In BC “for many years of outstanding contributions to the music education community”. Bob holds memberships in the British Columbia Music Educator’s Association, Canadian Music Educator’s Association, British Columbia Band Association, Canadian Band Association, Coalition for Music Education in BC, Coalition For Music Education In Canada and Jazz Educator’s Network.
Mr. Rebagliati is also Vice Chairman of Instrumental Jazz for MusicFest Canada. Since 2005, Bob has auditioned the Vancouver Jazz Festival Student Big Band for the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Each August, Bob directs and teaches at the Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive. Bob auditions student players for placement in the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band , as well as for Musicfest Jazz Scholarships, where applicant finalists eventually audition live during Musicfest .