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Meet the Musician

Chief Musician Robert A. Holmes,

Musical Director/Baritone Saxophone


MUC Robert A. Holmes
Blues for a Change
and Cathal Brugha Blues
featuring MUC Holmes from the album
Three Shades of Blue

Chief Musician Rob Holmes was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area and joined the Commodores in April 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz saxophone performance from The University of Miami in 1989 where he studied with both Gary Keller and Gary Campbell. He also earned a Master of Music in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1992 where he studied with Doug Richards.  Holmes has recorded and produced three of his own critically acclaimed compact discs: “The Looking Glass," "The Write Time," and "Turnstyles”. He has performed with the Great American Music Ensemble, the Richmond Symphony, Johnny Mathis, Regis Philbin, the Temptations, Chita Rivera, Joe Williams, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Cecil Payne, Christian McBride, and Mulgrew Miller. 


Holmes has been an adjunct faculty saxophone instructor at James Madison University, University of Richmond and VCU. He continues to be in great demand as a clinician for the Commodores both nationally and throughout the region.  Since joining the Commodores, he has contributed more than 30 musical arrangements, including nine original compositions, and in 2005, he produced the Commodores recording, “Three Shades of Blue”.  In 2009, he won first place in the National Federation of Music Clubs: American Music in the Armed Forces Composition Competition with his composition, “Blues for a Change."