PERFORMER / TEACHER / PRODUCEREven at his young age Bobby has years of experience professionally performing and producing at the highest levels in multiple styles of music. For years he played with the world famous DJ Skee’s Skeetox band, currently plays organ for the San Diego Padres, and has performed with Ice Cube, Jesse McCartney, Xzibit, Lil’ John, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Bobby Brown, The Glenn Miller big band and the Tom Kubis Big Band at Goldenwest. Bobby plays in San Diego's premier corporate top 40 band, The Mighty Untouchables, in addition to several original projects including Tiffy Jane and the Kicks as well as his own jazz piano and organ combos. He's also a founding member of 'Western Standard Time', an 18 piece ensemble that plays the traditional ska of the Skatalites with big band arrangements.
Bobby is also an accomplished composer and producer. His music can be heard through multiple outlets including television, movies, terrestrial, streaming and satellite radio, and video games. He also maintains an active roster of students, teaching a wide range of styles to students of all ages and walks of life.
Since 2010 he has lived in the University Heights area of San Diego, although he continues to work extensively in Hollywood and all of Southern California. He has a passion for moving others through his music, whether it be through performing, teaching or composing.
I’ve been doing some DJ sets with TMU after our normal Top 40 sets, and I’m having a great time with it. It’s amazes me how many people criticize DJs and belittle the musicality and skills that good DJs possess. Though critics would argue the barrier to entry is low, (anyone can DJ if you have a controller and the software) those who DJ at the highest level exhibit tons of refined skill both with the technique of mixing and with the intangible art of judging a crowd of people and keeping them dancing. I would like to think I get a little better at both of those things every time I do this. I also make no claims to greatness with any of it as I know a lot of killer DJs who can do things I can’t begin to understand. Here is a shot from a wedding last month where TMU played and then I spun a set. I dig the stage setup:
I’ve been really happy about the way this year has been going with the balance I have of different gigs and opportunities. I am continuing the mad pace of gigs that I had last year, having just got home from my 102nd gig of 2015 on the 136th day of the year. This alone is worth celebrating because not all musicians are fortunate enough to live where they can work like this. I live in a town with plenty of work (at least for the time being) and I am so thankful to be able to play gigs that I love. I love playing with my corporate cover band ‘The Mighty Untouchables’ which is really one of the best bands of its kind in Southern California. But man does not live on Top 40 alone, and I am grateful to be asked to play jazz gigs in town with different people. These keep me sharp and feed my creative soul. I play at church which feeds my soul in a different way. I play organ occasionally for my baseball team. And I get to go up to LA from time to time and play with some amazing fresh friends of mine in big situations. In short I get to play a variety of music which keeps things fresh, and I love everyone I make it with. It’s not entirely through my own merits either; I really am a lucky dude with a lot of ‘right place right time’ bringing me fortune. I hope things continue like this!
My 2015 has been pretty solid with great opportunities and solid work. It has been non stop.
This week I’m looking forward to:
-Getting in at Petco Park for rehearsals for the baseball season, and a real game on 4/2 for Fanfest.
-Playing for Bethany Joy Lenz’s CD release concert in L.A. with some old friends including Dru Decaro on guitar.
See you soon. Check out the Calendar for upcoming gigs.
On Christmas Eve I had the once in a lifetime bucket list opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. We were performing as part of the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a 3 hour special televised on PBS in Los Angeles.
EDIT: I had a video posted from Youtube, but apparently it’s been removed.