Mr. Robert Sanders


Adjunct Instructor  •  Pianist

Jazz Band  •  Afro-American Music  •  Music in Contemporary Life | 936.261.3324

Mr. Robert Clayton Sanders is an award winning jazz musician, producer, director, lecturer, clinician, composer, recording artist, arranger, educator, minister, and writer. He began his formal music study at the age of four, winning many honors, which gave him recognition as a “child prodigy” on the piano. He was the winner of the National Guild of Piano Teacher’s Interscholastic League Piano Competition for a period of five years. He received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University.

Over the past 60 years, he performed in both the jazz and R&B musical genres. Amongst his numerous accomplishments, he has worked with Freddie Cole on recording “All We Need is a Place”, wrote songs for Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, while collaborating on a special PBS television project entitled “Jazz, Here & Now”. He participated in a simulcast with KZERA TV in Dallas, Texas, performed with the Houston Symphony featuring the Great Hannibal, the Dallas Symphony, Coleridge Taylor Parkinson. He conducted and composed along side of Kenny Burrell and Monk Montgomery. Sanders also performed for Eartha Kitt, Freddie Hubbard, Shelly Carroll, The Heath Brothers, James Clay, Lonnie Liston Smith, and many other Jazz giants. In addition, Sanders scored music for several films, including a collaboration on music for the film “Lord of the Rings.”

As an award winning classical pianist and organist, Sanders has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has racked up credits as a bona fide Bloc Flutist and trombone player. He appeared as a guest lecturer and performer at the Zelt Music Festival in Freiburg, Germany. Most recently, Sanders received a special invitation to be President Alvaro Uribe Velez’s guest and perform at Columbia’s Independence Bicentennial Celebration in Bogota, Columbia. Press in Bogota stated, “not since Dizzy Gillespie has jazz made such a major impact on this city!”

Sanders co-founded “The Labor Day Country Jazz Jam”, which he hosts at his home in Columbus, TX. The popular event has grown tremendously and is known as the best Jazz Jam in the Texas I-10 corridor. Currently, Sanders serves as Minister of Music for churches throughout Texas, and for over 16 years, he has been a professor of the Jazz Ensemble at Prairie View A&M University. Weekly, he also performs Sullivan’s Steak House in Houston.