(Aurora, Franktown, Parker) Robert began performing live on drum set at age ten. Prior to his first performance Robert played on a small steel snare he'd been given for his birthday. Only one year after he began playing drums, Robert was invited to join the heavy metal band, [Elctrikchair] with brother, Andrew Rodriguez. Although the duo were seven years apart in age, Robert garnered an early following from a host of local musicians. Despite his young age, he quickly became a force among rock drummers. A few weeks after his debut show, Robert competed in a drum-off at a local [Colorado] venue with older more experienced drummers and won the competition.
Despite winning the competition, there remained an obvious skepticism among local fans and band members. Although he was beginning to acquire a positive reputation in the music scene, there were still many music fans in the Denver area who were skeptical of his abilities.
A few months after entering his first drum off he entered another drum off at Battle of the Bands "Cervantes" 2003. Robert again was awarded first place for his drum performance with the band he and his brother founded, Elctrikchair.
Their success locally led the band to tour throughout the U.S. Elctrikchair's original lineup included band members: Andrew J. Rodriguez (lead guitar) Aurora, CO, Robert F. Rodriguez (drums) Aurora, CO and Eloy Fernandez (bass) Aurora, CO.
EC played the 2004 Milwaukee Metal Fest with the Misfits and a host of heavy metal acts. EC's fan base was growing exponentially which resulted in broader tour scheduling and featured live performances at legendary Hollywood venues: CBGBs, Whiskey A Go-Go and Troubadour.
During his time in the recording studio, Robert decided he wanted to experience something different, jazz. He couldn't be satisfied with just playing jazz. Instead, his passion inspired him to pursue becoming a jazz great. To one day be among the best professional jazz drummers.
Robert valued the time he'd invested studying jazz in high school and he'd received several awards at the prestigious Baker University Jazz Festival (Kansas).
Rodriguez was accepted into the jazz program at highly regarded Kansas State University. The program director is Dr. Wayne Goins, Professor.
Rodriguez played in program jazz bands including: Lab A, House Wreckers Jazz Combo, Swing Machine Combo and is currently performing with K-State's top 'Concert Jazz Ensemble.' Robert's collegiate career was extraordinarily successful. In fact, so successful that he attracted the attention of members of the popular Manhattan (KS) big band 'The Thundering Cats.' The Thundering Cats is comprised of exceptional professional jazz musicians, many of whom are highly regarded university music professors.
Rodriguez was recruited to audition for The Thundering Cats and was selected as the band's drummer. At the time of his selection Robert was easily the youngest member of The Thundering Cats.
Robert's music experience includes a variety of studio and live projects some of which are:
The Legendary Howard Johnson
Dr. Wayne Goins
Donny Most (jazz singer ('Ralph' of the television sitcom Happy Days)
Grammy Award Winning Singer, Brian Pinkfall
Dr. Patricia Thomson
Robert currently teaches drum-set throughout the midwest.