Rob Hirons is a drummer, drum clinician and drum educator. 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 who recently released their first album Incipit.
A reputed drum clinician, Rob regularly performs clinics 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, 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.
As an active drum educator, Rob maintains a highly intense teaching schedule as well as being Course Director at the acclaimed music school MLC Academy Marseille. Rob has a large roster of regular students throughout the year and also directs the academy’s week long intensive courses for drums, guitare, bass and vocals during each holiday period. More recently, he has launched the new educational website RobHironsDrums.com dedicated to providing online drum tuition for drummers of all levels. In parallel to his intense education schedule, Rob also organizes his own drum camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players. Drummers from all over France and abroad participate in the events. During the month of October, he teams up with other players to hold the 4 day Provence Drum Camp in the beautiful southern French village of Puyloubier.
Having a strong desire to share modern drum-set techniques with others, Rob wrote the drum tuition book Groove Facility. Distributed by Alfred Publishing, Groove Facility sells worldwide and has gained excellent reviews throughout the drumming community and press.
Q & A
BORN IN: Harrogate, UK
LIVES IN: Marseille, France
DRUMMING SINCE: 1982
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Isnard Tomi Hirons, Independent, drum teaching and coaching
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Dom Famularo, Chris Coleman, Jojo Mayer, Mark Guiliana, Neil Peart
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Incipit (Isnard, Tomi, Hirons)
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Paint the world (Chick Corea)
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing Drummers Collective in NYC
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: Fierce Ride!