Robin Horn

Biography

Robin Horn exemplifies the complete musician, with skills as a live and studio drummer, composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, electronic percussion programmer, demonstrator, clinician, and educator.

He was born into a musically gifted family and environment (father Paul and Paul's mother, Francis Sper - pianist for Inving Berlin, and Godfather, Chico Hamilton). Robin began playing the drums at the age of eight. He grew up in famed Laurel Canyon in the 1960's knowing such people such as Carole King, Mickey Dolenz, The Turtles, Donovan, John Densmore (drummer for the Doors, with whom Robin had a drum lesson), Mick Fleetwood, Buddy Rich and countless others.

Robin studied music at De Anza College (1978-1980) and The University of Toronto(1980-1982). While attending DeAnza College, Robin had to opportunity to back jazz legend, Chick Corea during his clinic (1978). In addition, he has studied with a who's who list of teachers including Peter Erskine, Graham Lear (Gino Vannelli and Santana), Milt Holland and Emil Richards (LA studio percussion legends), Chuck Flores, Jake Hanna, Jim Blackley, Russel Hartenberger (Nexus), Memo Acevedo (Brazilian Percussion), Taranath Rao (tablas), and Ted Moses (Jazz Composition).

In his 25 years of professional experience in the music business, Robin has amassed an impressive, diverse and prolific career portfolio.

As a live acoustic drummer, his craft has taken him around the world. In 1982, Robin began touring with his father, renowned jazz flutist Paul Horn. To date, they have toured the world extensively, including Brazil, China, North America, Europe, Russia and Spain. In 2006, Robin performed with the Larry Redhouse Trio in Grenoble, France at the Grenoble Jazz Festival. Over the years, he has performed/recorded with Airto, Brian Bromberg, Michael Bruce (original guitarist with Alice Cooper), John Clayton, Frank Gambale (Guitarist with Chick Corea), Andy Griffith, Patrick Moraz (Keyboardist for Yes & Moody Blues) Rob Mullins, Tommy Newsome (of the famed Tonight Show), Diane Schuur, Ben Vereen, and countless others.

In the world of electronic percussion, Robin is recognized as one of its outstanding artists and developers. He has worked extensively with the Yamaha Corporations of America and Japan since 1988. From that time to the present, Robin has been a product demonstrator for Yamaha at all major music industry trade shows (30 to date including NAMM, PASIC, TMEA, TBA, MENC, MID-WEST BAND CLINIC, IAJE). Additional work with Yamaha has included product development meetings, programming and beta testing, an instructional video on the Yamaha DTXTREME percussion system, and numerous clinic tours, training seminars and summer symposiums. These have been on the DTS-70, TMX, DTX, DTXPRESS, and DTXTREME percussion systems. He was voted as one of Drum! Magazine's 2003 Electronic Drummer of the Year finalists.

Robin was invited to perform as a featured guest artist/clinician at PASIC 2000 (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Dallas, Texas as a solo artist and twice with "Crosstalk" (the University of Arizona Electronic Percussion Ensemble in 1999 and 2003). This the highest honor that a percussion artist can receive from the world's percussion/drumming community.

As an educator (in addition to his clinician work for Yamaha), Robin has been an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona teaching advanced drumset and electronic percussion applications from 1994 to the present time.

Recently, Robin was a contributing author and demonstrator for both the drumset and electronic percussion chapters on the third edition of Gary Cook's industry standard "Teaching Percussion" released in 2006 in Text/DVD format. Currently, Robin is on the Board of Directors for the Tucson Jazz Society for the 2006/2007 season. He has been asked to adjudicate for several high school jazz band festivals and Percussive Arts Society "Days of Percussion" festivals (one in particular with fellow colleague, David Garibaldi - Tower of Power fame). He has spoken at round-table conferences for PASIC with other electronic percussion leaders and has done residencies at colleges throughout Arizona. Robin has given clinics and master classes for some of the most prestigious drum and percussion workshops and music schools in the country, including Bands of America (6), Yamaha Sounds of Summer, PASIC (1999, 2000, 2003), PAS Day of Percussion Events (McNesse 2000, Texas Christian University 2000, Santa Cruz 2002, Oklahoma PAS 2005), and Ed Soph's Summer Drumset Symposium at University of North Texas College of Music. Robin has participated as a guest panel speaker several times for "Grammy in the Schools" (a musical outreach program for music students) sponsored by NARAS at the University of Arizona.

On television, Robin has appeared on the morning show for KOLD TV - Tucson, Arizona demonstrating the Yamaha DTXPRESS electronic percussion system (April, 2000) and KTLA TV Morning - Live coverage of the 2001 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California demonstrating the Yamaha DTXTREME electronic percussion system.

Robin has been a featured artist in such publications as Percussive Notes, Rhythm Magazine, Korg Connection and Roland Users Group. He has written guest articles for Drum! Magazine and Electronic Musician.

As a studio drummer in Los Angeles from 1983-1990, Robin did extensive recording and session work. This included work with Producer/Artist Steve Tyrell, playing drums on television episodes of Snoops, Elvis, Mattlock, Baby Boom, Frank's Place and The Famous Teddy Z. Robin also worked and recorded with song-writing legend Barry Mann (You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, On Broadway, Just Once, Sometimes When We Touch, Here You Come Again...) playing on demos for the smash hits "Somewhere Out There" and "Love Lives On" from Harry and The Henderson's. On these sessions, Robin had opportunity to record with such artists and industry greats as James Ingram, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Joe Sample, The Jets, Bill Reichenbach, Jerry Hey and Paul Buckmaster (early Elton John Orchestrator i.e. Madman Across The Water, Tumbleweed Connection, etc.).

As a composer/recording artist, Robin has released two solo projects (both of which have received national and international airplay). "Fast Lane" - 1990 on BMG and "Collection" 2005 on Different Drummer Music. These projects include appearances by guest artists Paul Horn, Frank Gambale, Patrick Moraz, Rob Mullins and many others. Robin also composed the title track for Wayne Linsey's debut Virgin Records release, "Perfect Love". Robin recorded and produced an original composition for the Windham Hill smooth jazz compilation CD entitled "Midnight Groove", which featured Robin and his father Paul (other artists on the CD included Earl Klugh, Tom Scott, The Rippingtons, Braxton Brothers and Larry Coryell).

Robin recently worked with the Promark drumstick corporation to develop the "Robin Horn Custom Model" drumstick, specially designed for use with electronic drums.

Robin is keeping busy with freelance performing, recording, touring, teaching, clinics, and demonstrating the various Yamaha electronic percussion systems at most of the music trade shows in the United States. Robin proudly endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian cymbals, Promark drum sticks, and Remo drum heads.