An original member of the Mob, Robbie Dunbar dreamed of being a rock star from an early age. Attending a Rolling Stones concert where the band had to stop playing as girls rushed the stage and watching the hysterics that were the hallmark of Beatle-mania left an early impression on an 11 year-old boy. Robbie was determined to one day gain a piece of that adoration. It didn’t hurt that he also loved the music.
A child prodigy, Robbie started playing piano at the age of three and picked up the trumpet at eight. In the 1970s, he co-founded Beserkeley Records with the royalties his band Earth Quake made from a song that appeared in the Steve McQueen movie The Getaway.
Robbie first played with Larry Lynch in late 1975, gigging and recording together with Greg Kihn on his first album and recording on a Tommy James album with members of Earth Quake and Greg Kihn Band. They have been friends and musical allies ever since, forming the first incarnation of Larry Lynch and the Mob in 1984.
In 1998, Robbie’s family album, “The Earth is our Home,” was released on his record label Mindfull Music and was nominated for a Grammy in the children’s music category. Larry provides drumming on several of the tracks.
With a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in music composition from Cal State Hayward, Robbie has a busy career teaching private students guitar, piano, sax, trumpet and electric bass; leading the bands at Windrush School; tuning pianos; and writing sheet music. He loves classical and jazz music, as well as rock.
Robbie believes that music keeps us sane. It is the glue that holds us together as members of the human family. All music makes us dance. Let the party begin.