Tobi grew up in Washington State, in a musical family, learning guitar from a young age. She started band in 5th grade with her Dad’s old beater clarinet. When she heard a professional saxophonist perform at her middle school, she fell in love with the sound, and had the opportunity to take clarinet and saxophone lessons. She had family and community support to continue studying music, taking lessons through high school picking up flute and piano studies at University of Washington where she graduated with a Bachelors in Music Performance, emphasis in Jazz Studies. Tobi has studied with Don Lanphere, Bert Wilson, Nancy King, Jay Thomas, Rob Schepps, Michael Brockman, Randy Halberstadt, Bill Smith/William O. Smith, Jordan Ruwe, Darren Motamedy, Paul Harshman, Cynthia Hughen, and Ann Reynolds.
Over last 22 years, Tobi’s professional music career has ranged from touring and recording with The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums in Europe and US from 2002-2007, Reptet Jazz Septet in the US from 2001-2008, to performing regularly at Benaroya Hall with Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra 2012-2015. She has played in dance bands, small jazz groups, and performed on live radio broadcasts KEXP, KPLU, and tv KING 5. Tobi has appeared with Dave Brubeck, Kristen Chenoweth, Branford Marsalis, Anat Cohen, Meshiya Lake, Don Lanphere, Nancy King, and Bert Wilson. She has performed with The Seattle Symphony, The Tacoma Symphony, Clave Gringa, Septet of Darkness, Picoso, Choro Loco, Big World Breaks, Zubatto Syndicate, Cataldo, Kissing Potion, Publish The Quest. She is a former member of Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Thione Diop’s Afro Groove, The Jefferson Rose Band, B’shnorkestra, Ann Reynolds Jazz Duo, Night and Day Trio, and Susan Palmer Jazz Duo.
Tobi works with Kids and Adults (age 10 and above). Students who study with Tobi, will get a well-rounded approach to fundamental technique, tone, reading, rhythm, theory, practice habits, and most importantly, have fun playing music! She also draws from the Alexander Technique, Yoga and Meditation to help students with posture, breathing and body awareness. Musical styles taught include Classical, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Blues, Klezmer, African, Brazilian, Reggae, Pop, Folk, Electronic and Improvisational Music.