Robert Langslet is a musician involved in a wide range of fields - he is a pianist, composer, percussionist, conductor, jazz pianist, jazz vibraphonist, and arranger. He is currently serving as the pianist and staff arranger for the United States Coast Guard Band, one of the nation's five Presidential Bands.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he gained notoriety as a vibraphonist and percussionist from an early age. During high school he was the three-time winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Vibraphone Competition, a competition record for most consecutive wins. He was also principal percussionist of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, as well as a jazz piano student of the Randy Porter.
He received his BM from William Paterson University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and his MM from The Manhattan School of Music. After graduating he won the audition to become the next pianist for the US Coast Guard Band. He has since become one of the Band's staff arrangers, creating original works for the Band. A notable recent highlight was the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House, where he wrote several arrangements for the event, which was broadcast nationally and around the world.
Three Representative Works:
Anthem, (2014) For symphonic wind ensemble. Performed April 12, 2015 by the United States Coast Guard Band, conducted by the composer.
Always Ready, (2015) Fanfare for Brass and Percussion. Performed September 6, 2015 by the United States Coast Guard Band.
The Sublime Object, (2012) For jazz quintet. Performed April 20, 2012 at the Manhattan School of Music (personnel list in link).
Visit Me Online:
• Video: Robert Langslet's original arrangement of "Jingle Bells", performed at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting at President's Park. Performed by Trombone Shorty and the United States Coast Guard Band.
Oregon Connection: Robert Langslet was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He was the principal percussionist of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, jazz vibraphonist and pianist in his high school program, and a working jazz musician throughout the city. Though he is now based out of Connecticut through his work with the United States Coast Guard Band, he still maintains a strong connection to his home state through performances and compositions.