Bobby Wiens is a drummer, educator, composer and arranger who has performed extensively on the concert stage and in the studio. He has led several bands which perform his eclectic stockpile of compositions and arrangements. He has also had the privilege of working as a sideman with a number of world-class musicians throughout Canada and the U.S.
Bobby was born on February 21, 1991 and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He studied piano throughout his childhood before joining his middle school’s concert band as a percussionist at age twelve. Shortly following this, his grandparents bought him his first drum set and he fell in love with it immediately! He then began taking lessons and performing in a variety of bands throughout middle and high school.
He began his post-secondary studies at Mount Royal University before moving to Vancouver to complete his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Capilano University. During these formative years in Vancouver he was under the tutelage of Dr. Dylan van der Schyff, who is a significant influence on the way he thinks about, plays and teaches music. In 2017 he was awarded a grant which allowed him to live in New York City and undertake an apprenticeship with the great drummer and educator John Riley. Following this he completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Northern Colorado where he was a Jazz Drum Set Teaching Assistant under Jim White.
In addition to his performance based work, Bobby devotes himself to music education. Over the past ten years he has been heavily involved in the teaching of private studio lessons, clinics and master classes for musicians of all ages.
Wiens currently lives in Greeley, CO where he maintains a busy playing and teaching schedule in the Denver metro area. His first album as a leader Talking Drums will be released on November 11, 2020 under the Cellar Music label.