Akira earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. Dr. Robles has been heavily involved in the marching percussion activity since 2003. He has performed with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2005) and the Phantom Regiment (2006-2007) as a bass drummer, as well as the 2008 WGI World Champion Rhythm X.
As an educator, Akira has worked with a variety of groups, and has been on staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard since 2011, under the direction of Paul Rennick. Dr. Robles is currently the Percussion Director at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, TX. He was also the Percussion Director at Ryan High School in Denton, TX from 2016-2021.