Bob Gardner died April 2017.
Ministry -- Music
Instrumentalist (Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone Sax; Oboe/English Horn; Electric Bass and Arco Bass)
Music has been an important part of my education from grade school on. I have played actively in school music groups through early college, when I turned semi-pro (Jazz). I have been a Vice President, Director of the San Jose Jazz Society (an education outreach) and served for 7 years on the Board of Directors from 1997 to ~2004. Previously, I have performed as a semi-professional musician in various venues in the Southern California area, and occasionally in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently I am an active member of the Valley Church Worship Team, playing services every week. In addition I am an active member of the Sons of Jubal Christian Big Band. I believe that my musical background has been an important factor in my business success. I strongly support music education in the community, and continue to support outreach events, i.e. Gospel Festival in Palo Alto, San Jose Jazz Festival. Bottom line; people who have seriously studied music (the combination of Math, Physics, and the individual's creativity and interaction), simply make better employees.
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In addition to my musical activities, I am a Silicon Valley corporate and engineering management executive and serve as the Executive Director/CFO, treasurer for the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA-C). My wife, Monique and I have lived in the San Jose area since 1980 where we raised our two children (now married adults with our grandchildren).