Bobby Rice has been actively involved in the Toronto music scene as a professional trumpet player/composer/arranger since the 1990s, and has worked with such notables as Shania Twain, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), the Drifters, Joan Rivers, Dan Hill, as well as jazz artists such as Hilario Duran, Jane Bunnett, Gary Morgan & Pan-Americana, as well as many others. Along with his six- and seven-piece groups, he currently leads one of the most exciting Latin jazz big bands in Canada, which regularly features Hilario Duran and many more of Canada’s finest jazz musicians (e.g., Al Kay, Ted Quinlan, Mark Kelso, Kevin Turcotte, John Johnson, et al). He is currently a faculty member in the Humber College music program and holds a master’s degree in composition.
In 2003 he received an Ontario Arts Council recording grant and currently has a Latin jazz CD out–which receives regular air play on Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and around the world–entitled Bobby Rice & Sandunga. The CD features some very prominent jazz musicians from around the world (e.g., Jake Langley, David Virelles, et al). He was the producer, composer and arranger for the entire project. He won “Best Canadian Composition” at the Music Aid International Music Awards (2006), and has more recently received a composition grant from the Ontario Arts Council (June 2007). His seven-piece Latin jazz group has performed at numerous jazz festivals in Ontario including The Oakville Jazz Festival, The Beaches International Jazz Festival (the Grammy nominated and Juno award winner Hilario Duran joined him for those two particular festivals), and The Aurora Jazz Festival.