About Robbie 


Robbie has been drumming since the age thirteen and performing professionally since 2004. Robbie has a BA in Music from Sussex University, specialising in drums. Having studied under Adam Bushell (Sheryl Crowe, Faithless, Rhythm magazine tutor), Russell Gilbrook (Van Morrison, Tommi Iomy, Uriah Heep), and Vinny Lammy (Spice Girls, Mel C). Robbie also performs sessions for artists and working bands in Brighton and London. 

During the last year of his degree Robbie became a Drumsense tutor to teach full time. He now teaches all over Brighton and Hove, in London, as well as various rock schools in the south. He has an enhanced DBS (CRB) and full public liability insurance.


Immense” - The Source Magazine


"Funklelisious" - All scott (levellers producer)


"Musicianship of the highest calibre...relentless groove” - XYZ Magazine

“Undoubtedly one of the tightest and technically accomplished drummers on the local gig circuit” - Peace for the Town Music Reviews


Robbie is one of the most professional musicians I've worked with. A great drummer and a pleasure to be around.” - Kelly Barnes (Beverley Knight, Heaven 17)

An Accomplished musician with a lot of talent... Something I’d like to hear more of.” - BBC Introducing


"A talented and versatile drummer.... solid yet energetic playing with great musicality. He is able to balance a high level of professionalism with an easy-going attitude, making him very easy to work with." - Ian Radcliffe (session/Xfactor musician)


"A consistent, versatile and very personable studio musician" - Simon, producer and engineer, Underground Studios


"[
Robbie's band] are the mini masters of the funk/soul/pop scene" Henry Gomez, creativespotlights.com


 Testimonials

"In addition to being a first rate drummer, Robbie is easy going and very adaptive in his teaching style. Robbie has a wide range of practice methods and techniques to share. Robbie has really helped me to progress with my playing and to develop a more structures approach to learning drums." Adam Whalley, Lewes


You're lessons have been excellent. I have learned one whole song for a week for the last six weeks to play my first ever gig. I'm nervous but well prepared because you've been a great teacher." - Joe Brown, Brighton


"Robbie has taught me everything I know, he's amazing!" / "I am improving every lesson, thanks Robbie" - Brothers Woody and Sonny Evans, Brighton



"Since taking lessons from Robbie my playing has notably improved. His relaxed yet enthusiastic approach makes tuition enjoyable and productive." - Andrew Pidgeon, Brighton


"Robbie is a brilliant teacher. He is kind and patient but very focuses. He leads by example of passion and dedication to his art. My son loved learning the drums with Robbie and loved him! The only reason we stopped is because we came to live in America. Louie still plays the drums and even without resuming lessons he remembers all that Robbie taught him." - Polly Borland, Brighton/Los Angeles.


"I was impresses by Robbie's professional approach and infectious enthusiasm for music and drumming. He takes the time to understand what students want to achieve and tailors his approach accordingly."  Nick Ambrose, Saltdean


"Robbie has made my lifelong ambition to learn the drums a pleasure through his friendly, patient, and above all, fun and enjoyable approach to teaching. I would recommend Robbie to anyone who wants to learn the drums with a smile on their face." - Paul Carnell, Brighton


"Robbie is an excellent drum teacher. He is patient, kind, encouraging, flexible and goes the extra mile in helping you be the best drummer you can be." - Ben Goodyear, London


"I have been studying drums with Robbie for a bit over 2 years now. He is an excellent teacher - friendly, dynamic and supportive, he consistently pushes you forward. He also knows how to make things accessible by taking them one step at a time, progressively, until you achieve your goals. Most importantly, he knows how to make playing an instrument fun! I highly recommend him for anyone who wants to start or resume playing drums" - Francois-Xavier Labescat, Brighton/Guilford


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