As one would expect from someone born into a family of eclectic musical backgrounds (from church organist to classical trumpeter to jazz saxophonist), Robert Chapman began his musical studies at a young age.  Like all the males in his family, Robert was destined to be a trumpet player, but discovered his love for the percussive arts at age 11 and gave it all up to pursue his passion for the marimba.  Since then, he has had the opportunity to perform in concert halls in countries all over the world, including Costa Rica, Poland, and Belgium, and has studied with some of the top musicians in their field.

          As a marimba soloist, Robert has received recognition internationally through his performances and competitions.  In 2009, he placed in the final round of the US Marine Band Concerto Competition, and took first place at the PASIC Marching Keyboard Competition.  After spending a few years honing his craft and performing with artists such as Andy Narell and Mark Nuccio, he re-entered the competition circuit in 2016, taking first place at the 2016 PASIC International Marimba Competition. Since then, he has placed in the finals at the 2017 Great Plains International Marimba Competition and took first place at the 2018 Great Plains International Marimba Competition.

           Robert’s passion for the marimba is matched only in his passion for world music.  As a steel drummer, he performed with Andy Narell and Lord Relator in the 2012 University of Calypso band at PASIC 2012, and has had the opportunity to perform and study with Ray Holman of the Invaders Steel Orchestra, and Liam Teague of the Skiffle Bunch Steelband.  He is also an active student of both the Carnatic music tradition of South India and the Hindustani music tradition of North India, and frequently performs in these styles with his teachers, Poovalur Sriji and Dr. Vivek Virani, respectively. Robert continues to explore ways to fuse these passions into a truly unique musical experience.


Current/Former Teachers:

Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, She-e Wu, Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Dr. Nick Williams, Dr. Thomas Burritt, Erin Martysz, Matt Ehlers, CJ Menge, Emily Lemmerman, Ji-Hye Jung, Dr. Vivek Virani

Recorded On:

UNT Symphonic Band - Jingle Them Bells - 2012

UNT Wind Symphony - Conclave - 2013

UNT Wind Symphony - Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volume 9 - 2013

UNT Wind Symphony - Reconstructions - 2014

UNT Wind Symphony - Canvases - 2014

UNT Wind Symphony - Offerings - 2015

Performed With:

UNT Wind Symphony, UNT Symphony Orchestra, UNT Percussion Ensemble, UNT Indoor Drumline, UNT South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble, UNT 2 O'Clock Steel Band, UNT Brazilian Ensemble, Andy Narell, Liam Teague, Mark Nuccio, Mark Walker, Lord Relator, VVS Murari, Robert Chappell, Danny Gottlieb



In addition to performing, Robert is also an active educator in the DFW area.  His private lesson students consistently place in the UIL All-Region bands, and receive high ratings at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.  In 2014, one of Robert's students won first place in the high school division of the PASIC Marching Festival Keyboard Competition, and in 2015 won the Best Front Ensemble award at the Lonestar Classic Drumline Contest with his students at Lake Dallas High School.  He also had two private lesson students place in the 2018 TMEA All-State Bands, one in 5A and one in 6A. For questions about availability for teaching, please see the "Contact" tab in the upper-right corner, or scroll to the bottom of the page.



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