Rob Eckland is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London. He is currently on the Percussion course, learning with some of the best players across the world ( Kevin Hathway, Ralph Salmins, Anthony Kerr ) and furthermore, is one of only a handful of students also taking on a second study instrument, where Rob has been selected to carry on his studies on Jazz Piano as well. Rob began Percussion lessons when aged eleven. He studied under Lilian Simpson at the Watford School of Music, and subsequently Sacha Johnson, with whom he attained a ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction under. Rob was very priveleged to earn a place at the Royal College of Music, where he has been studying since 2006. Rob has played Percussion and Drum Kit professionally for many years. He has played in numerous musicals, including WestSide Story, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Barnum, Carousel, Zigger Zagger, Yanomamo, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Oliver, and Happy as a Sandbag. In addition, in the productions of Oliver, Zigger Zagger and Happy as a Sandbag, Rob was also the Musical Director. Rob has performed with many orchestras, including the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the world famous Bernard Haitink. Other orchestras that Rob has played in include the Trinity Orchestra, St. Pauls Orchestra with the UK's Violin prodigy Chloe Hanslip as soloist, Hillingdon Orchestra, The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Sine Nomine Choir, Abbots Langley Choir, St. Albans Youth Orchestra, Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. Rob also regularly plays Drum Kit in Brass Bands and has been guest player for the Welwyn Garden City Brass Band, Watford Brass Band and Borehamwood Brass Band. Additionally, Rob is the drummer at the residant Brass Band at the Royal College of Music, Zone One. Rob has also performed at many functions in smaller ensembles, including numerous Birthday Parties and Council Events. Other Drum Kit experience includes playing in recording studios in 2006, working to a click track to styles of music ranging from Ballad to Hip Hop. Rob began to teach in 2002, and loves to do so, and is happy to take on pupils of any age or standard. Rob's musical life started much earlier, however, at the age of just three years old! He began to take piano lessons under the direction of Anne Randall and at the age of just four, he passed his ABRSM Grade 1 Piano. Rob reached Grade 5 after studying with Olwen Morris and then Janet Stenner, but stopped to pursue his interest in Jazz Piano, which he has been playing since the age of eleven. He has played at many Restaurants, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries and Business Functions. He has also taught Jazz Piano to many pupils and takes great pleasure in seeing them achieve as much satisfaction as he does when sitting down to play. In July 2005, Rob was the winner of the Rosebowl Music Competition, beating over 200 competitors to first prize. The adjudicator said that his playing "sent shivers down my spine, I was in tears. Truly fantastic" He was also runner up in the Hertfordshire Young Musician of the Year in 2006, where he was acknowledged for his "fantastic musicianship and talent". Furthermore, in 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was the winner of the F.W Thomas Music Award, and in 2006, was also awarded the Julian Payne Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the School at Watford School of Music. Rob loves to teach, Rob loves to play, and Rob is very keen to pass on his love for music ( whether it be on Drum Kit, Percussion or Jazz Piano ) to anyone who would like to learn!
Rob Eckland's Qualifications
Drum Kit, Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone ( all Tuned Percussion, both 2 and 4 mallets ), Snare Drum, some Latin Percussion, Piano ( mainly Jazz, but also beginner Classical ).
Rob Eckland's Expertise
ABRSM Grade 8 Percussion, Distinction, in 2005. ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music, Distinction, in 2003. ABRSM Grade 5 Piano, Merit ( Classical Piano ), in 2003. A Levels in Music ( A ), Theatre Studies ( C ), and English Language and Literature ( C ), in 2006. GCSEs in Music ( A* ), English Language ( B ), English Literature ( B ), Mathematics ( B ), Science ( CC ), German ( A ), French ( B ), and Geography ( C ), in 2004.