Rob Savala is the Director of Percussion at The Woodlands College Park High School in The Woodlands, TX. Mr. Savala's teaching responsibilities include the oversight of the College Park's entire vertical cluster consisting of Knox Jr. High, Collins Intermediate, and Wilkerson Intermediate. He previously taught 3 years as the Director of Bands at Vogel Intermediate where both the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble were highly recognized. He attended high school in the Conroe Independent School District and graduated from The University of Houston with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While there, he studied percussion under Dr. Blake Wilkins and conducting under Mr. David Bertman, current Director of the U of H Wind Ensemble.
While attending The University of Houston, Mr. Savala was recognized twice as the Outstanding Soloist for the Percussion Studio, was the recipient of the first ever Victor Cruez Gonzales Award, and was selected to perform in front of such miists as Evelyn Glennie and Nebojsa Zivkovic. In 2004, the University of Houston's Percussion Ensemble won their first PASIC title and recorded a Compact Disc by Albany Records entitled SURGE premiering works such as: At the Dawn of War by Kevin Erickson, Houston Strokes by Donald Grantham, Melos by Blake Wilkins, and Surge by Rob Smith.
Under his direction, the Vogel Intermediate Percussion ensemble performed two original compositions of Mr. Savala's winning 1st place at the Oak Ridge Percussion Festival in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Savala premiered the College Park Percussion Studio at the same festival and won 1st Place in the varsity division performing David Maslanka's Crown of Thorns. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout the Houston area. Mr. Savala was recently asked to commission a piece for the Bailey Middle School Percussion Ensemble in Spring I.S.D. for their 2013 Midwest performance in Chicago.
Mr. Savala is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and an Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.