“I have had the pleasure of playing Marimba One marimbas for nearly 20 years and the amount of care and attention to detail that Ron (and company) has invested in his instruments is second to none. It has truly become a respected tradition of excellence.”
Robert "Bobby" Lopez is currently a full-time faculty member at Texas State University where his duties include teaching applied percussion, percussion methods and percussion ensemble. He is also a part-time faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. where he is responsible for teaching percussion ensemble, percussion methods and applied percussion.
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, 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 and Trinity 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. and a member of the Black Swamp Educator Network.