Even now, he continues to play solo performances and jazz engagements with the Valentine Trio and the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra.
One of the most notable gigs include City Stages hi Birmingham hi 2007 and in 2008.
Some of the musical highlights included backing Jim Nabors and performing Broadway plays such as “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Oklahoma.” In 1982, he graduated from the University of Alabama hi Huntsville with his performance degree hi Classical Guitar. Combs studied under the legendary Pepe Romarez and Andres Segovia.
Bob’s teaching experience on the college level includes one year at Snead State, one year at UAH, ten years at Wallace State, and sixteen years at UNA.
He has also taught guitar at Sommers Music in Albertville for twelve years, A. Stephans in Huntsville for sixteen years, the String Shop in Huntsville for four years and have been at Railroad Bazaar in Huntsville since 1999.
These styles of experience include Classical, Country, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, and Pop.
In my thirty-five years of teaching, he has never found a method book that covers the diversity of music that comes from this great country we live in, therefore he created his own book “Chord and Scale Crash Course for the Guitarist who Plays by Ear.” He feels Aaron Shearer’s “Classic Guitar Technique” provides a clear approach to finger style nylon string guitar.
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The program received an ASDTA, Mississippi State Chapter award for Development in Strings. She taught piano for at a music school in Russia, and has taught private lessons in America for 7 years.