Robert Ransom received a B.A. of music at Hampton Institute (University), and a M.M from Norfolk State University. Additional studies were pursued at Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the New England conservatory of Music.
Mr. Ransom has served often as a clinician and soloist and has performed with many artists including: Mel Torme, the big band of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Roy Brooks, Tony Martin, Eartha Kitt, Tavaraus, The Spinners, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mitzi Gaynor, The O.J.’s, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Natalie Cole. He is a former member of the Great American Music Ensemble and The Roy Muth Jazz Band. He presently performs with the Now and Then Jazz Trio. Mr. Ransom retired in 2004 after 28 years as a per service member of the Virginia Symphony.
Areas of Specialization
Mr. Ransom is a professional trumpet player who retired from Hampton University after 22 years as an Assistant Professor of Music. He spent 20 years as an Air Force Musician, retiring in 1975. He is presently teaching trumpet as an adjunct at Hampton University and the College of William and Mary.
Honors, Prizes, and Awards
Mr. Ransom is listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment (1989-1990), a past President of the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the recipient of the 1987-88 Hampton University Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. Memberships include: International Association of Jazz Educators, International Trumpet Guild, Air Force Musicians Association, Broadcast Music Inc., and the American Federation of Musicians Local 125.