Roberto Paz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. While attending Arizona State University, Roberto taught marching percussion at local high schools around the valley. Many of these high schools earned significant accomplishments in Percussion Captions, State, and Regional Championships.
Roberto also has an extensive experience that supports his Drum and Bugle Corps background. Roberto played snare drum with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004-2007 and was a part of the 2006 World Championship. Roberto continued to march with the Concord Blue Devils from 2008-2010 and was the center snare in 2010. Roberto had the opportunity to be part of two Undefeated World Championships and a Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance. Roberto has had the privilege and honor to work under people such as Phil Edwards, Chris Evans, Wardell King, Glen Crosby, Ralph Hardimon, Scott Johnson, Ben Maughmer, Gary Juarez, Tim Tintari, Rudy Garcia, Ricky Odello, Sean Vega and various educators in the marching world.
As an ASU Undergraduate, Roberto had the opportunity to work and study under Professor J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, Simone Mancuso, Dom Moio, and graduate assistant Bill Sallak. He also had the privilege of working with James Hudson, the Director of Athletic Bands while in his third year in college. Roberto is entering his 5th season as the Marching Percussion Director with the Sun Devil Marching Band alongside James Hudson. Under Roberto’s direction, Arizona State University will be competing in the Percussion Winter Guard International Championships in Dayton, Ohio for the 2013.
Roberto Paz is a Remo drumhead Artist and is an active participant in many of the local and national professional affiliations. His memberships include Arizona Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, Percussive Arts Society, and Arizona Band Orchestra Directors Association. Roberto is currently the Director of Bands at Rhodes Junior High. He is also an active clinician and arranger throughout the country, working with numerous high schools and other organizations.
Roberto currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his fiancé Jenny.