ABOUT ROB...

 

Born in country NSW and raised in Sydney, Rob began playing the drums at age 8 through school programs lead by jazz musicians Ralph Pyl, Simon Sweeney, Andrew Robertson and Paul Panichi, then formally under the guidance of Sydney drumming legend Gordon Rytmeister and Mike Quigley. While completing a Bachelor of Music of the Sydney Conservatorium of music, Rob was fortunate enough to study under the direction of Andrew Dickeson and other notable jazz luminaries such as Craig Scott, Steve Brien and Judy Bailey. Travelling to New York early in his career, Rob gained further knowledge and skills from legendary teacher and mentor Michael Carvin as well as New York heavyweights Kenny Washington, Nasheet Waits, Ferenc Nemeth and Mark Guiliana.

Rob's training and professional experience in the music industry for the past 15 years has made him an incredibly well rounded musician with the ability to adapt to any musical situation and style effortlessly. Currently based in Sydney, Rob has been fortunate enough to perform and tour with Twin Fires (formerly known as OXBLVD), Garner Sloan (USA), Karen Tennison (USA), Jordan C. ThomasYoung CairoBig SmokyBilly Fox, The Casey Golden Trio, Black Bird Hum, The Botanics, Michelle Martinez, James Morrison, Bobby Shew, Axle Whitehead, Danielle Blakey, Peter Northcote, The Australian Youth All Star Big Band and countless others. For the past 5 years, he has also been the bandleader and drummer for the award winning Sydney-based covers band 'The Usual Suspects'.

His expertise has given him the opportunity to perform at prestigious venues in Australia such as the The Opera House, Sydney Entertainment Centre, The Metro, The Factory Theatre, The Basement, The Forum (Melbourne), Bennett's Lane (Melbourne), The Hifi (Brisbane), The Gov (Adelaide), Amplifier Capitol (Perth) and around the world; The Viper Room (LA), Hotel Cafe (LA), Rockwood Music Hall (New York), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Monterey Jazz Festival (California). 

He has made an array of TV appearances, with recording credits including the theme song for Australian television soap ‘Home and Away’, as well as countless musical productions, recording sessions and live performances.

Away from the drums, his music industry expertise has led him to tour managing (taking a 20-piece orchestra to Papua New Guinea to perform with Il Divo), live sound and production, producing, booking and band management.

 
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