BOB AVANT, Director of "The Baylor Bronze", is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, a Masters degree in Music (Instrumental Conducting) and a Masters degree in Education (Instructional Technology). He served 13 years as a band director for Killeen ISD and Austin ISD and then worked at the Education Service Center, Region XIII for 17 years as a technology leader and consultant to central Texas school districts.
Mr. Avant first rang a bell in the early 1980's and soon assumed the role of director at First United Methodist Church (Austin), followed by Central Presbyterian Church (Austin) and currently at First Baptist Church (Austin) where he has been their handbell director since 1994. In 1995, Bob co-founded the Austin Handbell Ensemble which is an auditioned community group, and has served as its director since 1996. The AHE has performed for area and national events and has released four CD recordings.
Bob is a long time member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) and has served as Area Chair. He is active as a clinician and also as an arranger with several published pieces for advanced handbell groups.
Bob and his wife Louise, who serves as a Minister of Music at First Baptist Church (Austin) have two children - Scott, a trombone performance major and Elizabeth, an elementary music teacher.