Oral History Information
Bud Roberds was two months shy of his 103rd birthday when he was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program about his life in music. His father was an avid musician, always bringing instruments home to play and share with his children. Bud played saxophone in the family band, which performed in lodges and for Oddfellow fraternities. After serving in the army during World War II, Bud became a music teacher in California public schools. Much of his time was spent in Fallbrook, where he has lived since 1956. He retired from teaching after 33 years, a chapter of his life he “felt good about because I helped so many students.” Since his retirement, Bud has been playing piano in local restaurants, where he has created a bit of a following. Every once in a while a former student will bring their family to hear Bud play.