Rob found his calling at the early age of 4. His older sister brought home an acoustic guitar but quickly put it down. Rob picked it up and, as the song says, “that one guitar did his whole life change.”
Showing talent right away, he began lessons at four, playing songs by the Beatles and Elvis for his family and neighbors. As he grew, Rob would save his allowance for vinyl like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and Queen’s “The Game,” learning the songs note for note by listening to them over and over.
At 16, Rob started his gigging life, playing the local corner bar every other Friday. In the summer, he hit the road playing Summer Festivals and boardwalk gigs. It was the 80s and the shows were packed with guitar fans from Long Beach to Seaside, Asbury Park, A.C., Spring Lake, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach…it was the life for a teenager. And a great way to build his chops.
Rob committed himself to studying music seriously, as a student of a number of great professionals and studying at community college and then the Manhattan School.
The years have passed and Rob has had the great fortune to build his life around his music. He has worked with and played alongside many world class musicians, including Andy Cichon, Chuck Burgi, David Sanborn, Steve Vai, Maceo Parker, Livingston Taylor, Mark Wood, Taylor Dayne, Rob Balducci and many others.
There is never a dull moment for Rob. He composes, teaches a number of wonderful students, plays 200-250 gigs a year from local bars to Broadway, records, and spends all the time he can with his other true love, his family. Rob couldn’t be happier.