The Team

Our team at London Percussion has toured and played with internationally renowned bands like The Barenaked Ladies, Kittie, Blu Bones and more. Come in and meet the crew that have traveled the world while working at the top of their profession, and have them tune up your drums while you listen to their road stories about some of the greats.
Robert is known to the music industry as "Tiny," spending much of his time on the road with Barenaked Ladies as Tyler's drum tech, playback tech and the band's touring percussionist! Over 30 years in the industry, Robert has toured with many artists including Crash Vegas, Crash Test Dummies, Billy Bragg and Jann Arden to name a few. He started playing percussion professionally at the age of 16 in and around London!
Mercedes Lander was born in Edmonton Alberta, Canada in 1984. She was a founding member of the All Girl Heavy Metal band Kittie - established in 1996, when she was all of 12 years of age.
Mercedes was 15 when Kittie recorded and released their first Album Spit, in January 2000. Their 2nd Album, Oracle, was released in 2002. These albums have since gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies World Wide.

To date, Mercedes and Kittie have toured extensively, played with such notables as Slipknot, co-headlined 2nd Stage at Ozzfest 2000, co-headlined Snowcore 2000 and performed on the Conan O'Brien Show. They have been featured in numerous music magazines such as Metal Edge, Spin, Alternative Press, Rhythm, News Week, Melody Maker, Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Daily Telegraph, Drum Magazine etc.

Mercedes has managed to stand out in the very competitive world of metal drumming. Steve Thompson (Guns and Roses, Appetite for Destruction, Korn, Follow the Leader) who produced their 3rd album entitled Until the End, is quoted as saying, "I've worked with a lot of rock bands in the guy department that couldn't hold a candle to Mercedes' style and timing. I mean it is very rare when you can work with a drummer, who doesn't require a click track. I hate click tracks".

Kittie is touring and selling records all over the world. Mercedes is currently using a "Black Heart" Hot Pink OAK Custom set with Hexrack. Mercedes joined the Yamaha artist family in 1999.
Rob Larose studied classical percussion at the University of Western Ontario, jazz drumming with Roger Flock at Humber College, and Latin percussion with Memo Acevado and Rick Lazar in Toronto. For over 25 years Rob has been a familiar fixture around London performing with numerous groups including: Orchestra London, The Karen Schuuessler Singers, Pro Musica, , The Antler River Project, salsa band Herencia Latina, The Fanshawe Concert Players Orchestra, Celtic Shift, The Joe Edmonds Group, and numerous others. Most recently Rob has been kept busy as part of the world- pop ensemble, Enchante and has been touring throughout Canada and the US with the Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant.

As an educator Rob has been guest clinician for the Ontario Music Educators Association, The Metro Toronto School board and an adjudicator for jazz and percussion performances in Canada and the U.S. Rob was percussion faculty of the National Music Camp of Canada from 1995-1998 and has written a book on Latin Percussion techniques.

Rob is a reliable figure on the London music scene and is happy to perform with all the great musicians who he calls friends.


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