Rubin ‘Martin’ Robinson transitions from his earthly home


Former Florida A & M University Drum Major and Vietnam veteran was called home to glory on Jan. 16, the national MLK Holiday. Rubin “Martin” Robinson was well known for his energetic spirit and creative humor. He was a native of Tampa/St. Petersburg and attended Gibbs High School class of 1964.

Robinson’s mature leadership and charismatic personality were impactful during his reign as drum major of the incomparable “Marching 100.” His band mates considered him a strong, steadfast, no-nonsense leader with a relentless passion for music. He also had the rare ability to impose disciplinary actions with a smile. Robinson pushed his band mates to strive for artistic excellence in marching and music in each band performance.

He was the genesis of Busch Garden’s Moroccan Mystic Sheets band in the early 1980s. His legacy looms large in the hearts and minds of those he touched along his life’s journey.

Robinson was preceded in death by his mother, Selena Robinson and father Titus Robinson, a pioneer with the first four St. Petersburg African-American officers in 1949 .

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Ellen Morgane Robinson, his son William Robinson (Lakendria) and a granddaughter, Skylar Robinson.  His siblings Titus Robinson (Carolyn) Detroit;  Charlotte Robinson, Detroit; in laws Alfredo Moragne, Tampa;  Edward Moragne, Jr. (Corliss) Tallahassee; Elder Artest Newkirk ( Pastor Dwight Newkirk) and a host of relatives and friends.

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