Robbie started drumming at the age of 11 and by 17 was playing professionally. His tremendous versatility has allowed him to be involved with every imaginable venue and style of music. In the early 80's he played professionally in the pit Orchestra for Edison valley Playhouse. This was followed by a series of original and cover rock bands throughout the next 15 years, including Locnar and Resin and The Branded Roads Band, which was a Southern Rock/Lynard Skynard tribute band opening for such greats as The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and Blackfoot to name just a few. For the Past 17 years Robbie has also honed his versatility playing with a German Dance Band called Bernie's Orchestra, which is one of the best ethnic bands in the tri-state area. They have played for The United nations at The Met-Life Building NY City, PNC Arts Center to being a regular at The Tavern On The Green, Central Park, NY City. They also Played out as far as Chicago IL to play some Great Ocktober Festsivals. Robbie has also been busy playing with The Expressway Band a 5-piece cover band playing rock and soul music in some of Central Jersey's most upscale clubs and restaurants. Two of Expressway's current members formed this band after having been with the original "Atlantic City Expressway Band", with other members Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan (currently of Bon Jovi) and Al Chez (Trumpet player for the David Letterman Orchestra).
He has filled in for the drummer for Jody Joseph Bonjiovi. His newest venture is playing in a Blues Band called Little Raymond and The Rhythm Preachers. A mixture of hardcore Blues, Classic Rock and a bit of Country rolled into a great mix of music. littleraymond.com. This year, Robbie was called to do some sub-work for The Alpine Squeeze every Thursday night at The Hofbrau Beir Haus on 712 3rd Ave. between 44th and 45th street in the heart of New York City. Robbie has been playing with this band since right before the 2012 season and hopes to be playing every Thursday until further notice. Please check web-sites for Robbie's schedule. alpinesqueeze.com and berniesorchestra.com
April 19, 2012
"Robbie, You Rocked The Pony!"
Al Chez – Trumpet player for Late Night with
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