Robert Pavelek has been principal horn for 25 years with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. He is a native of Detroit and studied horn with the late Marvin Howe. Mr. Pavelek freelanced in nightclub concert circuits in the 70s throughout Michigan and Canada on trumpet and horn and performed for 10 years with local favorites, Newt and the Salamanders. He moved to Traverse City in 1973 and has been performing throughout northern Michigan ever since.
Mr. Pavelek has performed with the Southwest Florida Symphony, Midland Symphony, Baroque on Beaver Music Festival, West Side Winds, Traverse Symphony Orchestra Brass, Encore Winds, NMC Community Band, Sault Symphony (Ontario) and in numerous musicals at the Old Town Playhouse. He has also performed with Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Matt Guitar Murphy and recently did a run of Miss Saigon at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.
An unusual twist to his background is that he is a retired journeyman/sheet metal worker of 30 years and a retired USCG licensed captain of 28 years with two open ocean crossings, a rare combination in conjunction with a professional horn player.
Mr. Pavelek is a member of the TSO Brass Ensemble and contracts musical events through his business Fresh Water Music. He exclusively plays Kortesmaki horns.