Robert "Bobby" Lopez is currently Senior Lecturer at Texas State University where his duties include teaching applied percussion and percussion ensemble.
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. Alumnus of the DCI High Percussion recipient, 1998 Santa Clara Vanguard, and the 1999 DCI World Champion Concord 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.
Mr. Lopez also maintains a private percussion studio focusing on the development of young percussionists. His private students have earned chairs in the Texas All-State bands, earned Outstanding Soloist at the Texas UIL Solo & Ensemble competition, earned chairs in the middle school region bands in the central Texas area, and have participated in music festivals such as the Interlochen Summer Music Festival.
Aside from his duties at Texas State University, Bobby performs as a regular extra in the Austin Symphony. He has also performed with the Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin. He is published by Tapspace Publications and is an endorser for Innovative Percussion, Inc. SABIAN Cymbals and Grover Pro Percussion, Inc.
Mr. Lopez is also an active educator, performer and adjudicator in the field of Mariachi music. He has performed across the United States and Mexico as a Mariachi musician having more than 25 years of performance experience. He has shared the stage with musicians of pioneering ensembles such as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. He can be heard on various Mariachi recordings such as Manuel Vargas’ (of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán) A Rienda Suelta.