Biography

The following is a brief summary of key points about my drumming and teaching background.

As a drummer and percussion educator, I...


...have played professionally in multiple genres including rock, pop, jazz, ska, reggae, latin, funk, EDM, musical theatre, and more. Current projects are Rude King, Mad Mexicans & Crowe Show.

...have toured extensively, performing in nearly every state from CA to NY, and internationally.

...studied drumming and percussion with a dozen teachers since college to ensure a well rounded education.

...am a Vic Firth Endorsed artist and a member of the Vic Firth Education team, Texas Music Educator Association (TMEA), and Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

...began teaching in high school around San Diego in 1991 and discovered sharing the art of drumming with others is one of my life's greatest passions.

...instructed several high schools in North Texas since 1994.

...developed the curriculum for, and taught at the Rock n' Roll summer camp; Camp Jam 2005.

...have personally taught tens of thousands of private lessons...and counting!

...have taught thousands of students!

...have numerous successful students who have reached their goals and beyond.

...have worked with professional drummers to improve their technique and composition skills.

...continue my professional development by studying with respected drummers like Steve Gadd, Stanton Moore and Mike Portnoy.

...have performed at festivals, on television, on the radio, and in world class venues such as American Airlines Center, Starplex, House of Blues, Fox Theater, Trees, The Granada. Kessler Theatre, Six Flags Themeparks, Carnival Cruiselines, and more.

...have won three Dallas Observer Music Awards and Best of Dallas.

...have developed a unique approach to teaching that is effective, educational, and fun!

...am able to strengthen my students' passion for drumming by helping them develop the skills and the confidence to express their own musical creativity.

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Notable Teachers


Steve Gadd (Drumming Legend)
Shawn Schitroma (UNT, Phantom Regiment)
Gary Schuman (Cavaliers)
Henry Okstel (UNT, Jazz)
Louise Belson (Jazz Great)
Derico Watson (Victor Wooten)

Uri Hoenig (Jazz Session)
Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)
Zoro (Lenny Kravitz)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Stanton Moore (Galactic)
Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake, Ozzy)

Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
Mike Mangini (Steve Vai)
Johnny Rabb (Collective Soul, EDM)
Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel)
Teddy Campbell (American Idol)
Karl Perazzo (Santana)


I've been playing drums for ten years. As an adult student, I wanted to find an instructor with enough experience to push me to a new level. I found that and more! Rob is a mentor who has helped me prepare technically and mentally for any playing situation. I would recommend him to any drummer, no matter what skill level.

Barry K.