Robin Lavender was
born and raised in central Ohio, where he played in a few area bands
over the years. Out of necessity Rob became somewhat of a soundman for
these bands (no body else wanted to do it!)
After a couple years in the army, he somehow found
himself working in L.A. during the crazy days of disco. Where he was
the drummer for a 9 piece top-40 band. It was in California where
he learned the art of recording, participating in many sessions as a
drummer or assistant engineer (fetching coffee and wrapping cables
for the real engineer) or both. Rob eventually became a
full-fledged engineer when one day the engineer failed to show up for a
session. (Which really ticked off the producer)
The producer asked Rob if he could handle it, and after many assurances
that he could indeed, the producer gave him the chance. Since then Rob
has gone on to engineer a countless number of sessions in a number of
cities across the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to working in a studio environment Rob has also worked as a
live soundman (as compared to a dead one)
in clubs, theaters, resorts and concerts across the U.S and Canada. Doing a stint as house
soundman at Mt. Airy Lodge in the Pocono's of Pennsylvania and also
2 years as company soundman for the famed Ballet Metropolitan (including the
Over the years Rob has worked with many of the top names in the music
industry including Eddie Fisher, Jack Jones, Julio Iglesias, The
Lettermen, The Ink Spots, Julius LaRosa, Jerry Reed, Neil McCoy, John Conlee, and Tom
T. Hall just to name a few.
During all this Rob
also found time
to tour occasionally as a drummer with "That Masked Band", "The Deby
Dee Show", "J.K.
Coltrain", "The Trappers" and internationally with "The American Eagle Band".
Rob has also been
involved in a
couple of business ventures along the way including Jingles Inc, Eagle
Productions, Eagle Productions - Canada, and The Canadian Cabaret
Rob lived in Northern
Ontario for 7 years and worked as chief engineer at Vision Recording
Studio and was also a Managing Director of the Canadian Cabaret Theater
Now living in Texas Rob keeps pretty busy providing entertainment consulting services and producing and editing music related videos. Rob is a partner in Lariat Records, and continues to assist his wife
Solange at Unicorn Artist Management.
A FEW TIDBITS
some stuff I thought you might
served in the U.S. Army......
Yeah that was way back in 1972 to 1974 - I was in Air Defense
Artillery, a Hawk missile fire control crewman
to be exact....
studied aeronautics...... at
The Community College Of Beaver County, Monaca, PA.... That is were I
got my private pilots license. Then I went over to Lancaster, Ohio to
Centurion Aviation and picked up a Commercial Pilots License, yeehaw! !
! . .
I have a CDL - A drivers
license with hazmat, Tanker and double / triple endorsements...
I Have lived in Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Ontario Canada and
I have worked as a musician or
soundman in every state in the U.S. except Hawaii (couldn't drive
there) and six of the 13 Provinces of Canada (from Quebec West).
This is a picture of my wonderful wife Solange. Who is a booking
agent and artists manager.
For those of you who do not know, Solange is a very French name....
and my wife is a French Canadian.........
Solange and I met while I was on tour with The American Eagle Band
back in 1992.
We married July 3rd, 1993 on the Rainbow Bridge between the U.S. and
Canada at Niagara Falls...... Some of you may have seen the television
coverage or read about us in the newspaper, as there were more
reporters than there were guests..........
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