Woodwind Faculty

Saxophone - Bob Cowles

Bob Cowles is a native of Marietta, Georgia, having attended the University of Georgia.  Mr. Cowles holds the Bachelors of  Music Education, Masters of Music Education, and Educational Specialist degrees.  Currently in demand as a music consultant, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the state, Mr. Cowles finds time to bring his 30 plus years of private teaching expertise to interested saxophonists.  Mr. Cowles opened Walton High School in 1976, serving as its first and head band director until his retirement in 1997.  He is currently a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony and has performed and conducted at the prestigious Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago.

Saxophone - Robert Haley

Robert Haley is the owner of Classic Winds and has offered private instruction to students of all levels since 1979. He is also a founder of the Metro Saxophone Symposium, the annual saxophone workshop for advancing saxophonists. Mr. Haley holds the bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Georgia and has been instructor of saxophone at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Solo and chamber music performances have taken him all over the country, including a performance by special invitation of the legendary saxophonist Sigurd Rascher, at Rascher's last North American workshop at Yale University. Mr. Haley's students are routinely selected for positions in district Honor Bands, Georgia All-State bands and the Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

Clarinet/Oboe - Kevin Tant

Kevin Tant, a multi-instrumentalist, teaches clarinet, oboe and saxophone at Classic Winds.  Kevin is a graduate of Georgia State University, holding both a Bachelors and a Masters degree.  Mr. Tant's studies have been William Rappaport of the Atlanta Symphony and Alexander Krakovski of the Moscow Symphony.  With over 15 years of private teaching experience, Kevin relates very well to the challenges of the young player.