Why I Chose Backun
"I love my Backun clarinet! It's fun to play, the scale is the most in tune of any clarinet I have ever played, it feels right under my hands and the warm sound is exactly what I have been looking for. It’s great for playing jazz, orchestral and chamber music. In the recording studio it shines. I look forward to playing it every day!"
Robert Buckley has led a diverse career as a composer, arranger, performer, producer, recording artist and conductor. In the pop world, he has created several albums and hit songs, including the single Letting Go, which won him a gold record. He has done arrangements for major artists such as Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan and Aerosmith, to name a few. In the film and television world he has scored many award-winning shows for Disney, Alliance, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, CBC and the Cartoon Network. In the live-stage world he has composed music for contemporary dance, musicals and large-scale television events such as the Calgary Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and, most recently, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics – to an audience of over three billion people. He composed This Is My Home for the Canada Pavilion at Expo '86 – a song that has been performed at every Canada Day since and has become like a second Canadian national anthem. Robert’s wind band compositions have been performed worldwide. He was the winner of the Canadian Composer's Award, given by the Canadian Band Association, for his composition Pacifica and was invited to be composer-in-residence at the 37th annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic held at Troy University in Alabama, where his composition Continuum was premiered. He lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife, choreographer and director Marlise McCormick.