More Students at the Top! — April 30, 2016
It has been a very busy and rewarding year for Robbie Mac's Drum Studio and ROJO Sound. The recording studio was successful in 2015, but the drum and rehearsal studio have been the most exciting to date since we opened ROJO Sound Studio in July 2006. This starts 10 years of making great drummers and great music.
This year Robbie Mac's Drum had eight students between Middle School and High School audition for the Region band in Division 1 and 2. For the first time ever, we have had region auditions in division 1. Six students out of the eight were accepted. Two of our students were invited to audition for All State band. This year Varun Das, 15 years old, a Sophomore at J. P. Stevens High School ranked number 1 overall in All State Orchestra. Joseph Gonzales – 12 years old in the Seventh Grade at Washington Middle School, auditioned and was ranked 7th overall in the Orchestra Band. Brendan Lathrop, a Senior at David Brearley High School made 3rd Chair Orchestra. Brendan was invited to Audition for the All States Band. Congratulations to all my students who auditioned and were accepted and worked so hard to get this award.
Best regards and keep on drumming,
The Renegades — April 16, 2015
On April 16th, 2015 Supergroup The Renegades rehearsed at Rojo Sound in preparation for their gig at NYC’s Cutting Room. The group was comprised of Steve Holly from Paul McCartney’s Wings, Gary Van Scyoc, John Lennon’s bass player and teacher here at the Studio, Dennis Ferante, John Lennon's Engineer and Jimmy Mac from the Denny Lane band. Shannon McDonald World famous Beatle Artist also stopped by. In addition, Dennis Ferante made his last recording on May 24th 2015 at ROJO. The following Saturday we lost a recording legend.
Whiplash Anyone? — March 27, 2015
In 1976 the movie industry created a film called Rocky. Film goers and boxers alike were amazed as this underdog defeated the opponent and the odds. It made Sylvester Stallone a household name and the Rocky theme was stuck in everyone's head for weeks.
Finally, Hollywood has created a movie that dramatizes the struggles of an up and coming drummer, his goal of success and his will to achieve it. Like many have you, I have seen this movie Whiplash, and although I thought it was fantastic and highly entertaining, I found that I was asking myself some serious questions. For one, who is Mr. Fletcher and are his intentions and teaching methods real and is this the the way to turn a beginner into pro? As Dennis Miller once said "I don't want to go off on a rant" but… As a drum teacher, I feel that there is a solid line between developing and intimidating a student. This method might work on a theater screen while one is enjoying a box of over priced popcorn and reclining in a newly refurbished theater seat, but let's face it folks, I didn't feel that this is the way to treat a student or a person for that matter. It is not respectful and not the way to achieve a roster of students who have achieved statewide recognition the way the students of RMDS have excelled. I am proud to be able to feature my students on the showcase page. I'm proud to see them win competitions but mostly I'm proud the see their growth potential realized from the day they walk in the door until now. Robbie Mac's Drum Studio is a school where students are coached to becoming pros through study and practice. Best of all, the only hitting is the stick to the snare… and that’s what it’s all about.
A Note from Robbie — February 3, 2015
It has been a Great weekend for Robbie Mac's Drum Studio. On January 29 2015 Varun Das a Freshman at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison NJ was asked to Audition for All-State band after placing 3rd over All in the Region Band Division 2. Varun made the grade and made the All-State Symphonic band. Bendan Lanthrop a Junior at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth NJ was placed in the Percussion Ensemble after auditioned for the High school Region band.
On January 31st 2015 Shruti Tandon from Woodrow Wilson Middle school in Edison NJ and Michael Charlton from Roosevelt Middle School from Westfield NJ, both 8th graders auditioned for the Intermediate Region Band. Shruti placed 2nd overall putting her in the
2nd chair Wind Ensemble. Michael scored 8th overall putting him in the 2nd chair Symphonic band. It has been an incredible year for the students who auditioned. Congratulations to all who went out and made it.