Rob Hirons is a drummer, drum teacher and coach. He started out his drumming career studying with teachers Ray Payne, Ronnie Bottomley, Dave Hassell and Tony Faulkner in England and then later with Dom Famularo in New York. He graduated at the City of Leeds College of Music in 1996 gaining his Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Jazz Studies.
Rob’s vast playing experience includes performances, tours and albums with St Christopher, The Rob Donnelly Band, Watcha Clan, Rona Hartner, Jean Michel Kajdan, Therese Themlin, and Hofmann Family Blues Experience to name but a few. As well as these projects, Rob recently played with rock / pop band The Page, one of the busiest gigging bands in the region. Never one to slow down, Rob has also recently founded his own powerful jazz fusion trio Isnard – Tomi – Hirons.
In parallel with his work as a performing artist, Rob has also heavily dedicated his career to drumming education. Over the years he has combined his technical proficiency with his extensive playing experience to provide personal drum coaching to hundreds of upcoming drummers. More than providing simple drum lessons, Rob’s coaching sessions are designed to maximise the undiscovered potential of drum students, accompanying them on their journey to achieve their goals and aspirations.
As well as personal drum coaching, Rob is Course Director at the acclaimed music school MLC Academy Marseille. He teaches on the Drum Course throughout the year and directs the academy’s week long intensive courses for drums, guitar, bass and vocals during each holiday period.
When Rob is not providing one on one teaching or coaching sessions with students, he regularly performs at larger educational events such as drum clinics, camps and masterclasses. Working in partnership with Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Promark Sticks and Evans Drumheads, he has performed alongside such drummers as Carmine Appice, Damien Schmitt, Mike Terrana, Dave Lombardo, George Kollias, Dirk Brand, Dom Famularo, Aquiles Preister, Gabor Dornyei, Pete Lockett, and John Favicchia. In late 2013 Rob gave a dynamic drum clinic performance at the prestigious Drummers Collective in New York City and also performed at many of the renowned Sam Ash retails stores on the East Coast.
Having this constant desire to share modern drum techniques with others, Rob wrote the book Groove Facility with Dom Famularo. Distributed by Alfred Publishing, Groove Facility sells worldwide and has gained excellent reviews throughout the drumming community and press.