Music Faculty and Staff

Robert Cheesman

Department Chair

Instructor of High Brass: Trumpet and French Horn
Vashti Underwood Muse Band Hall, Room 106

High Brass Information 

  • B.M. Ed., University of Southern Mississippi

  • M.M., University of Southern Mississippi

Having received both the Bachelor of Music Education degree and the Master of Music in trumpet performance degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, Robert Cheesman is currently Chairman of the Department of Music, instructor of Brass Instruments and director of the jazz ensemble at Hinds Community College. He is a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet of the Mississippi Opera orchestra and founding member and Principal Trumpet with Capital Brass, a professional brass quintet known throughout Mississippi and the southeast.

He performs regularly in local churches, is in demand for weddings and does extensive free-lance work in the metro area. He has not only played with symphonies throughout the South but has done recording work in Jackson, Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis and Mussel Sholes Alabama, and has performed extensively with many well-known entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, James Brown, The Temptations, Bob Hope, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow, Doc Severinson and Sonny and Cher to name a few.

Mr. Cheesman has given brass clinics throughout Western and Central Canada and the U.S. and has been an instructor at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts. Making his home in Jackson since 1972, Robert is married to Sybil Cheesman and has two children, Brian and Heather.