Bob Chreste is an active arranger, consultant, and adjudicator residing in Pflugerville, Texas. Bob spent 16 years as a high school band director at several prominent programs in Texas. Those schools include Cedar Park HS, Stephen F. Austin HS, Berkner HS, and Weiss HS. During his career, Mr. Chreste’s marching bands qualified for the UIL State Marching Contest every year that the contest was held for his school’s classification. His marching bands were also perennial finalists at Bands of America events across Texas. Some additional highlights from his career include being named the 2011 UIL 4A Texas State Marching Champion and being a finalist at the 2010 Bands of America Grand National Championships while he was the marching band director at Cedar Park. In 2018, in only their 2nd year of existence, Weiss HS became the youngest school to ever make the finals of Bands of America Super Regional event.
Mr. Chreste is currently on the brass staff for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. He also spent nine years on the brass faculty for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. During his time with Carolina Crown, the brass section won multiple Jim Ott Memorial High Brass Awards at the DCI World Championships. Bob is also one of only a few instructors in DCI that have been both a brass caption head and a visual caption head at a finalist corps. In 2008, he was the brass caption head for the Santa Clara Vanguard, and in 2016, he was the visual caption head for The Cadets.
Bob is also an adjudicator for both marching and concert competitions across the United States. He is currently judging for Bands of America, Winter Guard International, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and several other local, regional, and state level competitions.
Bob has an accomplished performing background as well. In 2001 and 2002, he was the conductor and a musician in the Tony and Emmy Award winning musical production, Blast! Prior to that, Bob marched with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps from 1996 through 1998.
His educational background includes receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston in 2000 and his Master of Music degree from Sam Houston State University in 2003. While at Sam Houston State University, Bob was a graduate teaching assistant under the direction of Matthew McInturf.
Bob’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.