Robert began playing trumpet when he reached middle school. Having grown up on Motown, Jazz, Soul and R&B, thanks to his parents, he decided the trumpet was the instrument for him; his major influencers early on were Louis Armstrong and Herb Alpert. Pursuing music in all forms throughout high school (marching band, wind band, jazz band, and indoor drumline) and taking lessons with the recently retired Dr. James Kluesner from James Madison University (JMU), he knew music was where his heart was. He then proceeded to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Music Industry with a Trumpet focus at JMU under the direction of Professor David Cottrell and trumpet professor, Dr. Christopher Carrillo. Robert just recently finished a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance at Boston University (BU) and is continuing his education at BU with a Performance Diploma under the nurturing and helpful guidance of Terry Everson.
Robert believes that music has the power to touch the soul and change one’s life. As a teacher, he tries to focus on what most interests his students while giving them the tools to achieve their musical goals. He brings a friendly and open atmosphere where the goal between the teacher and student is to have fun and actively learn from each other.