PERFORMER / TEACHER / PRODUCER

Even 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.
Dec
30

That Time You Were Joking Around w/ a Celebrity And Didn’t Know It

I’ve done my fair share of hanging out with famous folk, and I am not really phased by it. I’ve played with tons of well known performers and chilled with all kinds backstage. This has nothing to do with my merits as a player, it simply has to do with the fact that if you play music in L.A. for enough time, you see that everybody is hustling and we all live in that continuum between the A and Z list. That has certainly been my life for the past decade.

What happened to me when I was filming with Jane Lui for her ‘Waterfalls’ cover video was a different sort of celebrity encounter- the one where you find out after. I spent an entire evening creating music and joking around with an actress from one of my favorite childhood movies and I didn’t even know it. That actress was Tamlyn Tomita, and she played the girl in Karate Kid 2. Truly that seems like no biggie, but you have to understand I watched that movie 1000 times when I was a 9 year old boy practicing Karate on my 4 year old brother. I know every line from it and every kick, punch and drum roll. And here I was goofing around with the main character, telling her to feed me grapes as she fanned me with a piece of cardboard. The boldness of ignorance.

Here is a link to the video I’m talking about

Dec
18

Vid from Padres PCL Throwback night. Baby Elephant Walk.

Here’s some video from the Padres PCL throwback night that I played earlier in 2013. This was the first night game to feature the organ. I had about 50 people in the stands that I brought so it was a fun night. Unfortunately the fedora and oversize jersey make me look like a member of the band Smashmouth.

This is the song ‘Baby Elephant Walk’ by Henry Mancini. It’s a famous baseball song, especially so since being immortalized by the Dancing Homer in ‘The Simpsons’.

Dec
10

TLC ‘Waterfalls’ Cover video by Jane Lui

One week ago I headed up to a Studio in El Monte to shoot a video with my friend Jane Lui. She gathered a bunch of talented folks together including Phil Yu of the Angry Asian Man blog, Tamlyn Tomita, my friends Danny Morledge and Greg Friedman, and Andy Lowe and Goh Nakamura. Jane’s musical vibe is quirky and whimsical, and this video delivers on that front in spades. I played melodica and did the running man.

Nov
27

50 at 50.

Me Tom and Greg 2

Back in July while I was playing organ at a Padres day game I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of really interesting people from New York. It was a pair of lifelong buddies who had both reached their 50th birthday and had taken half a year of their lives to go see and chronicle 50 different baseball games all over the country. They were also painstakingly blogging each game and I believe at this writing (late November) that though they’ve likely seen all 50 games, they aren’t finished writing up all the summaries. I really enjoy having conversations like this with people who are visiting Petco Park from out of town. It gives me the chance to be an ambassador for our city and I am always fascinated to hear the different reasons people decide to come to a Padres game.

Here’s a Link to the summary of the Padres game they attended

And this is the Home Page for their blog

Tom D’Agostino and Greg Finch both have successful careers in academia, but were able to somehow set aside the time necessary to criss cross the country taking in their 50 games. Their website has accounts of minor league games, college games, MLB games and international games. I suggest poking around their site a little even if only with a quick glance. When I checked it out I was inspired by the idea of a lifelong friendship and the idea of keeping track of so many different games, not to mention all the travel and adventure that must go along with that.

They also had some nice words to say about the organ at the ballpark which is always cool with me.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

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MUSIC ON FILM/TV

-Had music placed on the new show 'Donnie Loves Jenny' on A&E at the beginning of 2015

-Check out my recent blogpost about placements in 2014

-2013/2014: Had a prominent placement in 'Thor 2: The Dark World'. My cue is in a restaurant scene for over a minute.



-Had music placed on the Sundance Channel at the end of 2013 in 'All On The Line With Joe Zee'

-My music is featured on DJ SKEE's show SKEELIVE on AXS TV throughout 2013 and 2014

-I have multiple hip hop cues on 'Rob's Fantasy Factory' seasons 3-6 airing on MTV continuously.



-I have music on a new show on TLC called 'Best Funerals'. (say what!?) airing in late 2013 / early 2014. The show will feature a handful of gospel cues that I wrote.

-I placed a Dramedy Cue called 'Sneaky Groover' in the season premiere of 'World Of Jenks' on MTV in the Spring of 2013.