Sting, Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Fred Hammond, Gavin Harrison, Yellow Jackets, Will Kennedy, Harvey Mason, Genesis, Motown, Israel & New Breed, Dave Mathews Band, David Garibaldi, Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Joshua Redman, Ledisi, Marvin Sapp, Pat Metheny, Richard Bona, Spyro Gyra, Vinne Colaiuta, Incognito, too many to mention!
Roberto was born in Limon Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States when he was 10 years old. Roberto started playing the drums at the age of 13 and began studying with a gifted female percussionist. Before long he became convinced that he wanted to be a musician. As a teen he played in bands and continued to study with several teachers; learning jazz, funk, RnB and rock.
Roberto’s grandmother was his spiritual influence as he grew up. They worshipped in a Methodist church. As time passed, though, he began to drift from the church and he was influenced by friends who were not following the Lord’s ways. Frustration set in musically as Roberto felt his drumming skills were not where he wanted them to be and as a result he gave his drums to his cousin. As time passed, Roberto sought to “find himself”. He spent time in the US Air Force and was involved in a relationship that eventually failed. Some years later the Lord brought a God-centered woman into Roberto’s life. They fell in love, married and moved to Long Island. The Lord led Roberto to a Baptist church near his home. He started attending a men’s Bible study and soon realized that he really knew very little about God and what it meant to be a God-centered man. Roberto began to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. One Sunday morning the Pastor preached a message about the gifts that God has given each of us and how we are to use these gifts for His glory. Roberto came to realize that though he was blessed with a great job and family, he was still unfulfilled because he had given up being a musician so abruptly years earlier. As he listened to the musicians and choir in worship, the Lord stirred his heart to want to play again, but this time with a different attitude.
Now that Roberto is using the gift that God has given him, he seeks to uplift the Lord whether playing jazz, gospel, or any other style. Roberto has said that he thanks the Lord everyday for giving him “one more chance to play for Him.” His ability to play the drums is truly a gift from God. After Roberto auditioned for the Paul Paoli Band he said, “I found 4 focused and skilled musicians; men of God, centered with a love for all music. I am blessed.” Roberto’s playing has given the band new energy and enthusiasm. His ability to play a variety of styles combined with his creativity and passion make him a perfect fit with the other players in the band. In addition to being a gifted musician he is a humble man of God. The Paul Paoli band is blessed and thankful to have Roberto Hewitt as a member.