Robert Chappell's wanderlust through the catalog of musical instruments began as a youth listening to his father, an accomplished pianist. Studying classical piano in his teens, Robert went on to percussion at Ohio State, jazz at the University of North Texas and world music with the Paul Winter Consort and Rhythmic Union. He currently performs with steelpan artist Liam Teague in the Liam Teague + Robert Chappell duo and the Caribbean jazz group Panoramic.
Active as an educator for over 26 years, Chappell is Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois University where he received the university's highest teaching honor, the Presidential Teaching Professorship. Robert is also Program Director of the Birch Creek Music Center's Percussion/Steel Band session.