Tenor Saxophone: Rob Mader
After graduating from Hemet High School in Southern California, Rob planned on pursuing a degree in computer science. He worked at Disneyland while attending Fullerton College and played in the jazz ensemble. At a music festival, he was offered a full music scholarship to UNLV, which changed the course of his life. Rob Mader is a freelance woodwind player who has worked constantly since moving to Las Vegas and is a featured member in Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, The Las Vegas Jazz Connection, and Latin Breeze. Rob has a Bachelors degree in music performance from the University of Nevada, where as time permits, he teaches saxophone. He is a former student of Bill Green (LA multi-reed studio musician), Felix Viscuglia (Boston Pops clarinetist), and Don Menza (writer and jazz great).
Rob was a member of the remarkable Clint Holmes band that ran at Harrah’s for seven years and went on to perform with Bette Midler at Caesars Palace for two years, and currently he is with the Donny and Marie Show at the Flamingo. You can also see him performing with Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, and “Vegas, the Show” on his dark nights. He has also performed in the musicals A.C.E., Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, Man of La Mancha, Annie, and The Music Man.
Rob has performed/recorded with the following artists: Aretha Franklin, Ben Vereen, Bill Champlin, Brian Bromberg, Carole King, Don Rickles, Don Menza, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli, Gladys Knight, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Jordin Sparks, KC and The Sunshine Band, Kirk Whalum, Lorna Luft, Louie Bellson, Mary Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Ricky Martin, Rita Moreno, Susan Anton, Take 6, The Temptations, Queen Latifah and Quincy Jones.
Rob’s TV credits include performances on The Tonight Show, The View, PBS, In Demand, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The 13th Annual Latin Grammys with Caetano Veloso.
In addition, Rob serves as the Director of Technology for the College of Fine Arts at UNLV and has been managing computer systems for over two decades. Before joining the College of Fine Arts, Rob owned an IT consulting business in Las Vegas that specialized in support for creative artists and production. Rob, an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, is responsible for managing computing technologies for faculty and staff and is thrilled to introduce applied science that makes teaching art more effective and fun. He maintains the computing inventory for the college, manages servers, workstations, student labs and portable devices, and he spends time with the world’s most creative people in education and entertainment.