Over his 20 year career, Robert Pirylis, Jr. has been one of the most sought after drummers in the Philadelphia area performing between 225 and 250 shows a year in various bands from cover to original, touring to weddings, and private events, as well as studio session work, song arrangement, and writing.
Bobby’s enthusiasm for drumming began at an early age. Born and raised in Delanco, NJ, his Father was a musician; however his Uncle, also a drummer, influenced him the most. His parents were against the thought
of him playing drums. However, the constant drumming on furniture and household canisters with wooden spoons and drumsticks in an effort to feed his passion resulted in his parent’s conceding to give drumming a shot. In the eighth grade, he was permitted to join the school band. For eighth grade graduation, he received a 1940’s Slingerland Radio King kit, which he still plays today and is one of his most prized drum kits. He continued to play through high school in the marching, jazz, and concert band as well as taking private lessons with Al Ipri.
Bobby started cutting his teeth in the local Philadelphia and New Jersey club circuit with Jester’s Dead from 1990-1994. In 1994, when contemplating changing day jobs which would heavily interfere with his band schedule, he was offered a full time position as drummer in a well-known popular Philadelphia based cover band known as The Rockets.
In 2000, he joined the Philadelphia based rock band Octane. Octane has sold over 75,000 records independently. Octane recorded WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE with Grammy award winning producer, Phil Nicolo in 2003. They worked with Gateway Studio Adam Ayan (Nirvana, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park) on RISE UP in 2006. They won album of the year by the Philadelphia Music Awards in 2003 for WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE and in 2006 for RISE UP. Singles from both records received consistent airplay on WMMR and WYSP and were featured in WMMR’s LOCAL SHOTS VOL 3 CD, Dale Earnhardt Jr/Budweiser Nascar Year in Review DVD’s, and Greg Hasting’s Tournament Paintball for Xbox and PlayStation.
After 10 years with Octane, it was time for a change. Bobby decided to join the blues laden rock band Fosterchild. He toured with Fosterchild for the next few years. During this time, they released nationally acclaimed UNDER THE INFLUENCE, VOL I. In 2012, Fosterchild received a special invitation to perform for the U.S. Troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for New Years Eve.
Over the past few years, Bobby has been working and recording with local original and cover artists in addition to starting an all request power trio band called Sidearm. He has also been building, refinishing, and restoring drums for over 10 years. In 2013, Bobby launched Killer Drum Company (KDC). Drum building has been more of a passion than a business but as the request for drums increase, who knows where it may lead. Along with many of the studio sessions Bobby has done, he also has several studios in which he maintains their drums.
Bobby has shared the stage with acts such as: Gene Simmons, Metallica, Sevendust, Fuel, Disturbed, Chevelle, Staind, Three Days Grace, Opie and Anthony Virus Tour, El Nino, Tommy Conwell, Seether, Tesla, Taproot, Buckcherry, Hinder, Michael Allman, Days of the New, Judas Priest, Kid Rock, Sinch, Mudvayne, 3 Doors Down, Poison, Finger Eleven, Slash, Earshot, Nonpoint, Constantine Maroulis, The Temptations, Kix, Bo Bice, Steel Panther, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Fallon, Mickey Dolenz, and The Hooters. He has been nominated for best drummer by the Philadelphia Music Awards 4 years in a row (2001 to 2004). He won in 2004 for best drummer and best rhythm section. Bobby is actively involved in several charitable organizations including Ride for Dime, Autism Speaks, and Musicopia. He is sponsored by Sabian cymbals and also endorses Pearl drums, Gibraltar hardware, and Vater drum sticks.