Robert Breithaupt | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Robert Breithaupt

    Professor of Music


    Conservatory Complex
    Room 006

    (614) 236-6234

    • Biography

      Robert Breithaupt is professor of music and department chair of Performance Studies at Capital, and one of today's foremost leaders in percussion education. Since 1978, he has developed one of the most recognized undergraduate percussion programs in the United States, producing students who are successful in performing, teaching and the music industry. He was co-founder of the Summer Drum Set Workshops, author of the textbook, The Complete Percussionist, and the DVD, Snare Drum Basics. He presents at clinics and seminars around the world. He was past president of the Percussive Arts Society and currently serves as vice president of the Jazz Education Network (JEN).

      During more than 30 years of concerts and tours, Breithaupt has performed with jazz talents like Terry Gibbs, John Pizzarelli, Kirk Whalum and many more. He regularly performs with many of the nation's finest orchestras along with trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling. He was executive director of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus from 2001 to 2012 and has served as the drummer of JAG's Columbus Jazz Orchestra since 1980. In addition to being the recipient of numerous awards, Breithaupt is an artist/endorser and consultant for the Yamaha Corporation, Sabian Ltd. and Remo Inc. and has his own signature drum line.  

      The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Breithaupt has received the 2014 Yamaha Legacy Award for service to percussion education, Bowling Green State University’s Outstanding Graduate Award, was a fellow in the Jefferson Academy for Leadership and Governance, participated in the prestigious Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a joint program of National Arts Strategies and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was the founding chair of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium and is a board member of Experience Columbus. 

    • Degrees

      Master of Music, Bowling Green State University
      Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bowling Green State University

    • Teaches

      Studio Percussion
      Percussion Literature
      Chamber Percussion Ensemble