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Hilton Head Resident Honored

Bob Masteller ’60, of Hilton Head, N.C., was recently honored by his alma mater Hobart College with an Alumni Association Citation. The award was presented to him during the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Reunion in June.

Citations are awarded by the Hobart Alumni Association and the William Smith Alumnae Association to those who have made significant contributions to the Colleges. These individuals have dedicated themselves to the continued growth and vitality of their alma maters via their time, talent and/or treasure. 

In conferring the award, Director of Alumni Relations Jared Weeden ’91 noted, “Reunion Weekend would simply be incomplete without the presence of this alumnus. Whether performing with fellow alums out at Houghton House during Reunion Weekend, or with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Bob Masteller’s music has provided the soundtrack for the last several Reunion Weekends. It is our pleasure to present to him with this 2010 Alumni Citation.”

Masteller has held several jazz events and seminars on the Colleges’ campus, including a three-day jazz event in 2008 to support the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy scholarship fund.  In 2010, he also served his class as the co-chair of the 50th Reunion Committee.

After graduating from Hobart College, Masteller went on to attend the Simon Graduate School of Business, working most of his life as a business executive who always kept a deep interest in music. He continued to practice jazz – playing the trumpet, valve trombone and vibraphone and leading his own groups in clubs throughout the “low country” of South Carolina and Georgia. Masteller has performed for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Sen. Fritz Hollings from South Carolina.

As a former Senior Vice President of The Sea Pines Company, a resort in Hilton Head, S.C., Masteller has succeeded in combining his knack for business with his creative side. He is now the owner of The Jazz Corner, a highly-rated jazz club and gourmet restaurant located in Hilton Head that features performances by such noted artists as George Shearing, Bucky Pizzarelli and Terry Gibbs.