Robert Lustrea, Flute

Adjunct Instructor of Music Education (Flute)


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Robert Lustrea plays Tenor, Bass, & Alto Trombones and the Euphonium. Earned his undergrad degree from Northwestern University and taught by Frank Crisafulli of the CSO. Studied with gifted Brass instructors and artists like Arnold Jacobs, and Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy, and Charlie Vernon who are currently Trombonists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Appointed member and auditioned for TUSA, The United States Army Band “Perishing’s Own” stationed in Arlington VA. Had been a member of the Ceremonial Band, The Herald Trumpets, and The Army Blues. Involved in the Bicentennial Celebrations and in the Full Honor arrival at the White House of Japan’s Emperor Hito. Hired in the subscription concert and performed Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” under Sir George Solti and Margret Hillis during his time in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Played on McDonalds commercials and for United commercials using Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Bluetheme. Recorded The Beef Council’s commercials using Arron Copland’s Rodeoas the theme with voice over work by Robert Mitchum and/or Sam Elliott. Played with CSO string players and CSO Bass Trombonist Charlie Vernon; in addition to serval “live” TV shows, Broadcast in Chicago, and in “In a League of Their Own” movie. Worked asa short-term rock star on a tour with Frankie Valli, played at the Chicago Kool Jazz Festival, and recorded with The Buddy Childers Big Band. Recorded a jazz album backing up vocalist Mike Ferro’s on his album Django by Ferro. Involved in more than 60 music theater productions. Have been teaching the Trombone for 37 years.