Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

Third Coast Percussion

Robert Dillon

Third Coast Percussion

Country:   United States Category:   CONCERT ARTISTS


Robert Dillon is an ensemble member and Development Director of Third Coast Percussion. He has also performed as a substitute with the Chicago, Boston and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared numerous times on the Chicago Symphony s contemporary music series, MusicNow, as well as the University of Chicago s Contempo series alongside eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet. He previously served as chair of percussion studies at Merit School of Music and a percussion instructor at Loyola University Chicago.


For the 2007-8 season, Robert served as principal percussionist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the unique, international 12-percussionist Ensemble XII (formerly the Lucerne Festival Percussion Group), and has participated in Pierre Boulez s Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).


In addition to Third Coast recordings, Robert can be heard as a soloist on Innova Records (Christopher Adler Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze), and a performer on Naxos Records (American Music for Percussion, Volume 1). He has performed as a soloist in America, Switzerland and Jordan.


Robert holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he received the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. His teachers include Michael Burritt, James Ross and Will Hudgins.

Third Coast's Gear

Pearl Snare Drums

14" x 5" Philharmonic (Wood & Black)

14” x 6.5” Philharmonic

14" x 5" Master’s Custom

14” x 6.5" Export Series, Silver


Pearl/Adams Concert Percussion

28" Philharmonic Concert Bass Drum (PBA2814)

32" Concert Bass Drum

Vision Toms (16”, 14”, 13”, 12”, 10”), SST Birch Ply Shell, Light Brown/Dark Fade

22" Vision Kick Drum, SST Birch Ply Shell, Light Brown/Dark Fade

16" Export Series Tom

Adams Bass Drum


Pearl Percussion

Primero Pro Series Bongos, Blonde

12" Primero Pro Series Conga

12" Primero Pro Series Tumba

Travel Congas

Bamboo Claves

Adams Keyboards

5.0 Octave Robert Van Sice Artist Classic Marimba

Artist Vibraphone, Silver Bars (Low F)



Pearl Accessories & Hardware

P2000C Kick Drum Pedals

D1500S Roadster Drum Throne

S930 Snare Stand

S900 Snare Stand

S1030 Snare Stand

S830 Snare Stand

BC930 Boom Stand

BC930S Boom Stand

T1030 Tom Stand

T930 Tom Stand

ADP30 Multi-Clamp

H900 Hi-Hat Stand

H830 Hi-Hat Stand

700 Series Bongo Stand

PMBDL3 Bass Drum Legs