It’s a typical lazy Sunday in Southern California. Perfect weather for the beach or taking a walk in the park but in La Habra, there is one person working hard to make sure his love lives on.
Bobby Amaro, drummer for the band Orgy, takes the day off from making music to mentor young musicians and provide private drum lessons.
At his beautiful home behind the pillars and past the gate is a quaint garage transformed into a music studio that embodies the dreams of every starting musician. Two days a week he finds time to give back and mentor the next generation of drummers and musicians.
Requests for Amaro’s assistance is in high demand as he shuttles from La Habra to Hollywood daily to work on an abundance of projects. He recently completed a new single “Wide Awake and Dead” drumming with his band and is currently working on their next album release.
Amaro finds his day is often filled with writing, arranging or drumming for a number of bands while working to release new singles for his own. Amaro mentioned that he feels his busy schedule is essential to him and he quite enjoys it.
At the heart of all that he does, is the drive to share his passion and knowledge of music. He mentors 10 kids in Orange County and Los Angeles. His mission is to inspire youths to find their passion, whatever it may be and follow it.
“Since I was seven years old, music has been my savior. It feels good now to know that I am in demand,” Amaro said. “My goal is to let them know that it is possible to follow your passions.”
Amaro believes that the hard work will pay off for what he refers to as his future superstars in training.
“You have to take your passion seriously. I want to know it [the music business] so well that I can pass it on to kids,” Amaro said. “So that whoever is ready, when they are ready, I can give all of them a shortcut.”
At 17, he realized that being a musician was what he wanted to do for a living. He auditioned for a Latin band, Voz Demando and won the job as their drummer. His father, Robert Amaro explains how the defining moment was explained to him.
“Bobby came back from Puerto Rico and said ‘Dad I was on the beach in front of 20,000 [people] and the feeling was so powerful,’ at that point we knew music was it,” Robert said.
Robert also went on to say why Amaro connects and mentors the kids.
“He wants to teach the kids, so that he can keep his field alive.” Robert believes that the art of music is in danger since music is not offered at most public elementary schools anymore. Amaro tries to keep the cost of the lessons affordable for everyone.
“I am not in it for the money, it is just something that I love and it should be fun for my students,” Amaro said.
He got some of his pupils as a result of donating his time to local schools and community centers. The rest are all referrals or word of mouth through friends and acquaintances of Amaro’s.
Corrinne Stoterau’s seven year old son Landon has been working with Amaro since he was three. Stoterau explained why Amaro is so effective.
“He talks to the kids [Landon and his brother] like they are on his level,” she said. “He does not dumb it down for them. He is not just a teacher, he is a friend to Landon. He has come to his talent shows and school events.”
Stoterau also thinks Amaro’s influence has helped her son’s development.
“Landon has matured both as a musician and as a person since finding Bobby,” Stoterau said.
Jimi Ocampo, is the grandfather of Nathan, an eight-year-old who has been working with Amaro since November. Ocampo already sees music in Nathan’s future.
“I am sure music is something he will pursue when he gets older and I will totally support him,” he said. “I can’t wait.”
Ocampo went on to describe the zeal behind Amaro’s work.
“He [Nathan] has been with him [Amaro] since November and the progress has been amazing and it is the best choice we could have made,” Ocampo said. “Bobby has a real knack for getting kids to follow him instantly and he challenges them too. Bobby really has such a heart and is a natural teacher.”
It is still to be determined if and when any of his troupe of future musicians will make that leap and pursue music as a profession when they get older. One thing is certain, if they do choose to follow it, Amaro will be in their corner.
Amaro is currently working on his second single with the band Orgy. The single is targeted for release in early April. He is also in the process of writing an original music-based animated kids television show called “Freddy and The Poppettes,” which has already received funding from private investors and is being looked at by the BBC Network. No release date has been set for this project.
For further information on Bobby Amaro, visit www.orgymusic.com or www. facebook.com/bobbyamaro.