Bob Havens (born May 3 1930) is an American big band and jazz musician who appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1960
His instrument is the trombone
Born to a
musical family in Quincy, Illinois.
He began studying violin
seven and played both instruments throughout his school years. He
landed his first professional job with a local dance band at age
12. By the
age of 16, his talent as a trombonist was recognized with a
scholarship from the Interlochen
Music Camp in Michigan and Bob held
the first trombone chair in the school's 250 piece concert
He later held the first trombone chair in the Quincy Symphony
while also playing in many
popular dance groups in Illinois.
After serving in the Illinois
as a bandsman during the Korean War
, he left Quincy in 1955 to tour with
the Ralph Flanagan
he joined George Girard's Dixieland
Band at the Famous Door in New Orleans.
There, he met his idol, Jack Teagarden
In 1957, Bob joined Al Hirt
at Dan's Pier
600 on Bourbon Street
formed his very first band. The front line consisted of Hirt,
Havens and Pete Fountain
. During the time in New
Orleans, he recorded albums for Good
Times Jazz and Vic labels with the Girrad band and on Verve and Audio
Fidelity with Hirt.
He also recorded about a dozen
albums for the Southland
with many other New Orleans musicians.
Bob stayed with this group until 1960 when he was persuaded to move
to the West Coast and join the Lawrence
Orchestra as a featured soloist on their weekly TV series.
His brilliant tenure with this show lasted for 23 years until the
show ended in 1982.
Since then, he continued to be active as a free-lance professional
working often with the Bob Crosby
Cats and the Benny Goodman
(led by clarinetist Peanuts Hucko
From 1985 to 1995, Havens played with the Great Pacific Jazz Band
in 2005, he performed with the North
Carolina Pops Orchestra at Campbell University with fellow Welk star Ava
Barber for a benefit raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
lives in Buies Creek, North Carolina and has a summer home in Maywood, Missouri.
He continues to record and appear at jazz