B i o g r a p h y



Bob Hemenger is a Colorado based musician, educator and naturalist. His soulful approach to music and many years of teaching how indigenous people lived with the land have led him down many interesting roads.He grew up in Michigan and has spent the last twenty five years in Pagosa Springs, CO (where he continues to grow up).

​MUSICIAN:

Bob is one of those musicians who is able to play with many different styles and musicians.  He has worked with five time grammy winner Victor Wooten and award winning singer/songwriter Darrell Scott.  He is known for his ability to step onto the stage and let the music guide him. Click here for a list of who Bob has played with.

 

 








"It has been a pleasure to play music with Bob - his personality, tone and feel inspire me to spiritually function as a bass player"  

​Chuck Rainey  (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Steely Dan, etc.)

 


EDUCATOR: 
His experiences include;  Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School instructor, director of Touch the Earth Camps, adventure travel guide,  high school teacher (Science, Special Education, Music, Wilderness Skills, Fine Arts Magnet Academy and ESL), as well as being principal of an alternative high school.

He has been on staff with Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature in Tennessee. It is there that he has been a part of the magic that takes place when creative people slow down enough to really listen and connect. He teaches how music and nature are connected, wilderness survival, tracking and low ropes activities.  

Bob has also taught workshops at The Song School at Planet Bluegrass and The Song Academy at Sister's Folk Festival

"Bob Hemenger has helped open my eyes to a greater sense of awareness in creativity - and in one session! I so look forward to learning more from him!  Find out what he can offer you; it could change your life!"
Musician/Educator Joe Craven (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Alison Brown, etc.).


NATURALIST:

Many years as a biologist, wildlife researcher and rehabilitator, primitive skills specialist and tracker has given Bob a deep understanding of the natural world.

His day job is teaching High School. He lives with his two kids on a river in southwest Colorado. Hobbies include skiing, hiking, flyfishing and hanging out at the swimming hole.

" I have had the very special privilege of hearing Bob Hemenger grow as a saxophonist from a very promising player to a player that has such an amazing personal and incredibly wonderful sound that he is now one of my favorite players of all time.  The way Bob finds the perfect thing to play on a song is astounding, refreshing and a joy to experience. I look forward to each and every note that comes out of his horn. His warm and deep soul are right there for all to hear and share in. Hearing Bob play is hearing music and humanity at its very best".  



Bob Franceschini (sax player for Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Mike Stern, Jennifer Lopez, etc.)

"Bob is a fearless musician.  He plays with heart, ears, mind and soul. I do not hesitate to include him in any musical gathering I can."



Darrell Scott (Grammy Nominated, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Robert Plant, Steve Earle, etc.) 

"I first met Bob over 20 years ago and he was already a great saxophonist. 20 years later and he still continues to get better and better. I enjoy playing with him so much I put him on my latest record."

Victor  Wooten  5 time Grammy Winner (bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, etc.....)

Helping teach a workshop with Victor Wooten at the Telluride Jazz Festival 2012.