Al Cobine


Honorary Degree (2001)
Doctor of Music
Location: Richmond
Presenter: Myles Brand


Tenor saxophonist Al Cobine worked with a veritable who's who of twentieth century popular music performers - diverse artists such as Tony Bennett, Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Glenn Campbell, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, and Doc Severinsen.

Cobine served as the primary musical contractor for Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, and Johnny Mathis. He performed as Henry Mancini's primary saxophone soloist, creating the "sound" of Mancini's Pink Panther with every major symphony orchestra east of the Rockies.

A composer and arranger, Al published more than 100 works of choral, brass, big band, jazz, and concert band music. Through his musical arrangements and instructional clinics, Al's role in high school and college music education has contributed to his lasting musical impact.

In addition to being an active jazz musician, band leader, arranger, and recording artist for more than six decades, Al was active in local government, serving two terms on the Monroe County Council.

Legendary composer, musician, and band leader Al Cobine passed away on May 21, 2009 at age 82.