Nominee – 1996 6th Annual LA Music Awards
1997 Nominee – Guitarist of the Year – 7th annual LA Music Awards
Robby is a self-taught musician who is the great,great,great grandson of Robert Schuman (Classical composer from the Romantic Era). Robby learned to read and write music and has further honed his writing skills having worked with “two” number one hit song writers (Jake Hooker,I Love R&R, Curt Cuomo,Phyco Circus). He is a vesatile player having developed an ear at an early age to be able to learn from many of the greats — Hendrix, Paige, Blackmore, Clapton, Schenker, VanHalen, Rhoads, Malmsteen, Albert Lee, then began studying Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganinni, Scott Joplin, Schumann, to name a few.
In “92” Robby was selected to play for the now defunct nationaly syndicated Radio Station band from KZRX “Z-Rock Killing Crew”. The band had was based in PHX, but had guys from all over the country. That same year Robby won the Jam Trax L.A. guitar battle. The next year Robby moved to California and within one year was selected by Rob Halford (Judas Priest) to play in his band “Fight” on the “War of Words” tour. Five days advance, no audition, no rehearsel. During this same time Robby played regularly on “Razor” Rey DeCarlo’s shifts at the now defunct legendary radio station KNAC and was dubbed the “Shred Master General”.
In “96” Robby played guitar for L.A. band “Treason” which featured the monster talents of Magic Moreno (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Barbara Striesand, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Phil Colins, Stevie Wonder) and Glen Noize. That same year Robby won “Best of the Best” guitar competition by MSI (Music Scene International).
In “97” Robby released his first solo CD featuring Barry Sparks on bass (Ted Nugent, MSG, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon, Scorpions) Neil Turbin (Anthrax, Death Riders) on Vocals and Bernie Corigan (Ben Moody, Georgio Moroder, Guitar Hero, Cherie Currie). Also that same year Robby won “Best Performance Guitar” from the L.A. Music Awards and also played with the “Legends Allstar band” featuring Spencer Davis, Alex Ligertwood (Carlos Santana) Denny Lane (Paul McCartney) and Carmine Appice (Rod Stuart).
In “98” Gillians Cush was formed with Robby and Bernie Corigan. The band was heavily courted but due to being tied up in a bad producer contract was unable to move beyond recording stage. Gillians Crush had several line-up changes featuring rhythm sections who had played for (Berlin, Merdith Brooks, Robbie Krieger, Ronnie Montrose). This same time period Robby had demo’d for Eddie Money for his “Ever Ready Eddie” release.
At the turn of the Century Robby moved to the O.C. where he began teaching music and also built a recording studio. At one point Robby was teaching 100 students a week and remains busy with a full load of students. Robby taught for the now bankrupt “Mars” Music where he did numerous performances and clinics demoing some of his versatility including “Piano Style” technique also ragtime, flamenco, blues, metal, rock ,classical. He also played with George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and Stuttering John (Tonite show). Robby bought a home with his beautiful wife (Jessica) daughter (Ella) and son (Mchael) in the O.C. where he converted a 3 car garage in to a recording studio. He upgraded from the consumer grade Roland VS 2480 to ProTools HD3. Using demeter mic Pres and Neuman mics etc. Robby played in the modern rock band “DigJelly” and “Claude VonTrotha” band. He is currently playing with “Great White”.