Robert Andrew Ontiveros

1950 - 2011, Santa Barbara

November 6, 1950 - June13, 2011

Robert Andrew Ontiveros (1950-2011), a Santa Barbara native, died June13, 2011, in Van Nuys, CA after a long illness.

Born to Jessie and Bernard Ontiveros on November 6, 1950, Robert attended Santa Barbara schools, distinguishing himself as a scholar and particularly as a musician. He played the trumpet and received instruction from a myriad of local professional musicians including Virginia Faber, Irwin Maguire, Terry Boyes, Ron Thompson and Robert Davis.

As a young man Robert performed with many school music groups as well as The Glenn Henry Orchestra, The Ensenada Brass, the Mr. Music Orchestras of I. Newton Perry and David Sanchez, and many productions with Santa Barbara Youth Theatre.

Robert continued his studies at Santa Barbara City College receiving an A.A. degree and later a B.A. in music performance from Cal State University, Northridge. While at Northridge he studied trumpet with Tom Scott (The Joey Bishop Show) and George Werth (The Nelson Riddle Orchestra).

During his time in Los Angeles Robert played a variety of jobs ranging from Latin clubs to having a steady at The Playboy Club. After a few years He decided to use his talents to indulge in one of his other passions, travel. He began a 10 year career in cruise ship entertainment working as a side man and later as a band leader. Robert chronicled his experiences with photographs showing him riding a camel in Egypt, snorkeling in Barbados or depicting the morning streets of Paris, and more. When he finally returned to Los Angeles he auditioned and was hired by the Long Beach Municipal Band where he served for several years as 1st Trumpet and Section Leader. He eventually returned to Santa Barbara to care for his elderly mother.

While in Santa Barbara he found work teaching both privately and as an adjunct professor at SBCC, playing with the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, many casual gigs, and as the secretary of the Musicians Union Local 308. Robert was a truly gifted musician who loved all musical styles, particularly jazz. He also loved backpacking, fishing, horseback riding and animals. The many dogs and cats he cared for after returning to Santa Barbara would attest to that.

A Vaquero at heart, he will be remembered sitting at a campfire and staring up into the night sky while pondering life’s eternal questions.

Robert wishes to be remembered with donations to the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

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