Bobby R. Francis is the Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. Mr. Francis serves as Conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the TCU Band program. Mr. Francis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association. He has served as guest conductor of the US Army Band – “The Pershing’s Own,” Frost School of Music – University of Miami Wind Symphony, The US Coast Guard Band, the Lone Star Youth Wind Orchestra and the Richardson All-Star Band. Mr. Francis’ ensembles have performed at many national, regional, and state conferences including a performance at the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in Athens, Georgia, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX and at the American Bandmasters Association Convention in College Station, Texas. The TCU Wind Symphony has performed with guest artists such as the American Brass Quintet, Patrick Sheridan, Brian Bowman, Allen Vizzutti, Jon Lewis, Joe Eckert, Gary Whitman, Jesus Castro-Balbi and Markus Theinert. His ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Many composers have been actively involved with performances of their works with the TCU Wind Symphony including Frank Ticheli, David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, James Syler, James Stephenson, Eric Ewazen and others.
Mr. Francis is in demand as a clinician/consultant at various conventions and conducting workshops including the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, New Mexico State University, and the Arkansas Tech Band Camp Conducting Symposium. In addition, he has conducted research on regional wind band repertoire at the Pannonische Forschungsstelle Kunstuniversität Graz / Expositur Oberschutzen in Oberschutzen, Austria. He has presented teacher-training sessions in Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Mesquite, and Carrollton-Farmers Branch among others.
Mr. Francis has produced many compact disc recordings of his ensembles. Recordings of the TCU Wind Symphony have recently been broadcast on WRR – Dallas-Ft. Worth’s Classical Radio station. He has conducted concerts in the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), Carnegie Hall (New York, New York), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, Texas), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, Texas), Royal College of Music (London, England), and Hill Auditorium (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Normandy Beach (France) and several locations in Italy.
As a former member of the Texas All-State Band, Mr. Francis was active as a performer for many years at the beginning of his career. He served as principal clarinetist with the Texas Wind Symphony, was a frequent member of the Dallas Wind Symphony, and was clarinetist with the University of Texas at Arlington Faculty Woodwind Quintet for six years. As a woodwind specialist, Mr. Francis performed as a saxophonist/woodwind with many performing artists including Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Crosby, Bobby Short, Johnny Mathis, Red Skelton, John Davidson and others. He was a saxophonist with the Mal Fitch Society Big Band for many years performing at social events, Texas Governors’ Inaugural Balls, radio broadcasts, and other government and social events. He was also the founder and clarinetist with “Razzmajazz” - A dixieland band that performed at Six Flags Over Texas, Great Adventure Amusement Park in New Jersey and many Dallas-area parties, conventions, and social events.
For twelve years, Mr. Francis served as the Music Director of the Texas “Lone Star” Ambassadors of Music. During that time, Mr. Francis took over one thousand students on a total of seven European performance tours. Currently he serves as the Executive Artistic Director of the International Festival of Bands and Percussion Ensembles. Festivals have recently been held in Sydney, Australia; Normandy Beach, France; and London, England. The most recent performance tour was in Italy. He will be conducting in Hawaii and Ireland in the near future.