Band director Robert Cook began teaching band in 1998 and has helped countless Florida middle and high school students strengthen their skills and expand their love of music. Cook grew up playing the clarinet and had such a positive experience with his music educators that he decided to enter the field himself. Prior to joining Florida Poly, Cook taught concert band, marching band, and jazz band at Crystal River High School in Crystal River, Florida; River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, Florida; and Charles S. Rushe Middle School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education Stetson University’s School of Music in DeLand, Florida. Cook is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, where he has held multiple leadership roles including adjudicator and chairman for three years. He also is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He performs clarinet in the Southern Winds Symphonic Wind Ensemble in DeLand.