NABFEME New Orleans

Robin as most New Orleanians, hails from a musical family. Her great-grandfather, Kid Thomas Valentine of Preservation Hall; her father who has played drums in most of the clubs in New Orleans and her uncle, Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton of The Wild Magnolias and Willie Tee & the Gators. Aside from learning some rudiments from her father when she was a kid, she didn't start playing instruments until her freshman year at McDonogh 35, where she learned to play saxophone, bass clarinet, and trombone. Robin then took her talents to Virginia, where she marched for the Norfolk State University Spartan Legion on full music & academic scholarships, graduating with honors.

After working for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign in North Carolina, Robin decided to take the community/ grassroots organizing skills she learned there and help her city's severely neglected school band programs. She helped co-found the New Orleans Legacy Association of Bands, where she served as president from 2013-2019. She has also worked with local school and community organizations to help young people jumpstart their careers in the music industry, both on stage and off.

Robin's Favorite Quotes:

"Don't get mad; Get BETTER"

"Music is the lifeline of New Orleans, our system of survival. If you take away the music, the city will surely die"


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