Bob Summers was born near Sacramento, CA on August 21, 1944. After high school he spent four years attending the Naval School of Music playing in a Navy Band. Then, in 1966, he went to Berklee College of Music to study with such greats as John LaPorta, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, Charlie Mariano and Junior Cook.
After studying at Berklee, Bob went on the road with Woody Herman for 4 months and then with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra for 2 1/2 years.
In 1975, Bob and his new wife Marilyn decided to move to Los Angeles where he started playing with Bill Holman, Bill Berry, Frank Capp, Bill Watrous and Chuck Flores.
Count Basie called Bob to join his band in 1980, where he played as a featured soloist for 4 1/2 years. At that time he also recorded his first album, “Inside Out”. In 1985 Bob went back to L.A. to freelance and in 1987 recorded the album “Joy Spring”.
The Horace Silver Brass Ensemble welcomed Bob as a member in 1992 and in addition to playing with The Big Phat Band, Bob also currently freelances in Los Angeles with The Bill Holman Band.