Robby Sinclair began playing the drums at the age of 10. He performed his first gig in front of 200 people the week after he began playing and he has never looked back. With the support of his family, he has pursued a music career that has taken him all over the world.
Robby received a Jazz Studies degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and graduated with honors. He also was the recipient of the Department of Music’s “Outstanding Instrumentalist Award”, as well as 3 separate “Performance Awards” and one “Original Composition Award” from the prestigious Notre Dame College Jazz Festival. During his time in Richmond, Mr. Sinclair was a member of famed trumpeter John D’earth’s (Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby, Miles Davis) band and he was also the drummer for The Devil’s Workshop Big Band. His performance on the live recording “Idle Hands” contributed to a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine.
In 2002 Robby Sinclair (along with the group Neighborliness) was selected as a Jazz Ambassador by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the U.S. Dept. of State. This honor enabled him to perform and teach in Russia, South Korea, Cambodia, and Mexico. In addition to Robby’s travels throughout the world, he has also toured extensively around the United States playing jazz, rock, pop, and soul. Some of the notable musicians he has performed with include Rene Marie, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, and Brian Lynch. Mr. Sinclair currently resides in Washington, D.C. and performs frequently with The Winn Brothers Band, pocketknife, Neighborliness, as well as freelance work in studios and clubs.