September 21, 2018
  • Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, VA


cj2_0036Rob Specketer is the director of bands at Forest Park High School. Previously, Mr. Specketer attended James Madison University, where he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in instrumental music education. Mr. Specketer studied applied trumpet with Mr. Jim Kluesner and Dr. Chris Carrillo during his time at JMU. He began his career in Middlesex County Public Schools (Saluda, VA) at Middlesex High School, where he served as director of bands, choirs, guitar, and also taught music theory. He then taught middle school and elementary band in Fairfax County Public Schools in the Hayfield Pyramid before coming to Forest Park in the fall 2016. He is currently in his sixth year of teaching.

As a 2012 graduate of James Madison University, Mr. Specketer studied Applied Trumpet with Mr. James Kluesner and Dr. Chris Carrillo. He performed with the world-recognized JMU Brass Band, under the direction of Mr. Kevin Stees, at the North American Brass Band Championships in Louisville, KY (2009), Raleigh, NC (2010), and Cincinatti, OH (2012), and at the 2012 US Open Brass Band Championships in Chicago, IL. He also joined the band in a tour of Austria and Germany, performing in concerts in Vienna, Graz, Linz, and Munich. He has performed along-side the Madison Brass, JMU's feature faculty brass quintet, in concerts at JMU and at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. As a member of the Marching Royal Dukes, Mr. Specketer marched in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2011 London New Year's Parade. He was also a featured soloist in 2008 and 2009, and served as Drum Major in 2010. Mr. Specketer also participated in the JMU Wind Symphony, JMU Symphony Orchestra, JMU Chamber Orchestra, and the JMU Jazz Ensemble.