What students and musicians are saying about Robert as a man, as a teacher, and as a drummer.
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Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC
Author: Music Medicine (Sounds True)
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess with a drum (at the time, he was absolutely rocking a djembe), I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beat. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
Entertainer, Phoenix, AZ
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
Musician, Tech Support, Encinitas, CA
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. I watched a documentary about african drumming and was inspired by how the drumming and the dancing blended together. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Little did I know when I asked him if he could teach my girlfriend and I, that we would be learning from one of the best drummers in San Diego. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said " I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA
Robert is one of the most innovative, inspiring drummers I have come across... his beats propel the rhythm to new heights! Whether teaching, or drumming for an audience, the guy is consummate skill, passion, and fun. Most highly recommended!
Musician, Organizer of the San Diego Drum Circle Meetup,
San Diego, CA