Bob Bonora Portrait
ROBERT BONORA, has worked with a variety of entertainers, performing in virtually every hotel and showroom in Las Vegas. A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, he currently is on the faculty of The College of Southern Nevada (CSN), where he is Lead Faculty in Music, coordinator of Percussion/Steel Drum and Drum Set Studies as well professor of History of Rock Music. Bob is also currently percussionist with the Broadway show, "The Producers" at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He has performed as percussionist with The Wayne Newton Orchestra, and as a member of the Crimes Against Nature house band for the Emmy Award Nominated Penn & Teller television show "Sin City Spectacular," on the FX Network. He has also performed with Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters, Lyle Lovett, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Charlotte Church, Alan Parsons Project, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Debbie Reynolds, Wierd Al Yankovic, Joe Williams, Marlena Shaw, Pete Chrislieb, Lanny Morgan, Tony Orlando and Bill Acosta. Bob has done work in many of the Broadway shows playing in Las Vegas including Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Avenue Q, Annie, and The Full Monty.

Bob is active in steel drums with PANACEA, his own pan group, as well as starting the Calypso Coyote Steel Drum Band at CSN in 2003. He is active in the Nevada Chapter of PAS, organizing the annual mass steel drum band from around metro Las Vegas. He has recorded with the Las Vegas Marimba quartet, (of which he was a founding member), King Errisson, (percussionist with Neil Diamond), The California Ear Unit, and pianist, Giovanni. Bob is Percussion Event Coordinator of the International New Music Festival at CSN and is an instructor for the CSN Summer Jazz Camp. He is percussionist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Synchronix, which is the faculty New Music Ensemble at CSN. He has also appeared as percussionist with the Nevada Symphony, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Wind Ensemble and Nevada Opera Theater.

Bob received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Akron in 1984 and went on to get a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1994. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Percussion at UNLV. For further information, please see to Robert's web site

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