Rob Leytham is a licensed Neuro-Rhythmic Trauma Therapist, and has been a popular drum instructor in Kansas City, Missouri for over 30 years. He has been a freelance writer for MODERN DRUMMER magazine, with over 20 articles published. Rob is a Best-selling drum instructional book author for MEL BAY PUBLICATIONS with 10 books written. His 2004 book OSTINATOS FOR THE MELODIC DRUMSET was voted the #2 instructional book in the MODERN DRUMMER READER'S POLL and #5 in DRUM! MAGAZINE DRUMMIES award.
Rob teaches all ages and founded the DRUMS FOR KIDS class that is a group class for young children and children with Special Needs. Currently he teaches drums at PALEN MUSIC CENTER in Liberty, Missouri. He also uses Hand Drums, Rhythms, and Mindfulness with elementary students for the Liberty Public School District to teach missing skills in behavior. Rob presents RHYTHM, MINDFULNESS, AND THE BEHAVIOR STUDENTS to administrators and teachers around the country. He has been interviewed in both music and health magazines and on nationwide Webcast.
Some of Rob Leytham's former students have gone onto great careers in music. They are Tyler Chiarelli (FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE), Kenny Burkitt (PUDDLE OF MUDD), Jason Dean (SIDEWISE), David Vittetoe (U.S. AIRFORCE BAND) and Dr. Andrew Mcgraw (University of Richmond).
Rob Leytham has been the drummer for the Progressive Rock Band ANCIENT VISION since 1989 and has recorded 3 albums with them to great reviews. They are: THE VISION (1990), FOCUS OR BLINDERS (1994), and LOST AT SEA (2008).
Rob is a member of the PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY (PAS) and AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP).