Rob Gottfried


Oral History Information

Rob Gottfried, known as "Rob the Drummer," was born into a musical legacy, inspired by his father's performances with swing era icons like Paul Whiteman and Bunny Barigan. Influenced by The Beatles' iconic Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1964, Rob embarked on a lifelong journey with music, honing his craft as a drummer from a young age. His partnership with the Zildjian cymbal company allowed him to not only provide feedback on new products but also conduct clinics, sharing his expertise with aspiring musicians. In 1976, Rob's career took a unique turn when he became a beloved figure on the television children's program, Sesame Street, as Big Bird's friend. This marked the birth of his persona, "Rob the Drummer." Over the years, he has extended his reach beyond entertainment, developing programs for schools nationwide that address critical issues like bullying while infusing his performances with drumming excitement. A passionate advocate for children, Rob continues to use his talent and platform to uplift and inspire young minds everywhere.