Bobby Lopez currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at Texas State University-San Marcos. His duties include teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion methods. He is also a part of the Latin Music Studies program and co-teaches Mariachi Nueva Generacion, teaches Mariachi Lince de Oro and is responsible for the curriculum and instruction of mariachi arranging and guitarron and vihuela techniques.
Mr. Lopez is an active educator, clinician, performer and adjudicator throughout the United States. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Texas State University. His teachers include Dr. Norman Weinberg, Dr. Paul Bissell, Genaro Gonzalez, Jim Casella, Murray Gusseck, Dave Sankus, Jeff Lee and Scott Johnson. Alumni of the DCI High Percussion recipient 1998 Santa Clara Vanguard and the 1999 DCI World Champion Blue Devils, he was awarded first prize for his composition Two Days in the 1998 DCI multi-percussion solo competition. He has worked with several percussion programs including Georgetown High School(TX), Cedar Park High School, Revolution Indoor drumline, and the Texas State University drumline. Aside from his duties at Texas State University, Bobby performs as a regular extra in the Austin Symphony and the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin. He is published by Tapspace Publications and is an endorser for Encore Mallets, SABIAN Cymbals and is part of the Educator Network for Black Swamp Percussion.
Mr. Lopez is also very active in the field of mariachi music. Having over 20 years performing as a professional mariachi musician, he has devoted countless research and performance hours to this craft. He has been a student of great performers belonging to pioneering ensembles such as Mariachi Los Camperos, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in the field presenting clinics throughout the United States. Mr. Lopez has accompanied famous Mexican Ranchera artists such as Beatriz Adriana. He has recorded (and produced) a CD with his former ensemble, Mariachi Tamazula, entitled Con Orgullo Mexicano and has recorded alongside Manuel Vargas (of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan) on his second solo album; A Rienda Suelta.
Bobby is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.