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Ryun Louie is the principal timpanist with the South Dakota Symphony. He has performed with symphony orchestras across the United States and Mexico including the Utah Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Salt Lake City Symphony, and the Orchestra at Temple Square, Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Butler Symphony, Eire Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Parkersburg Symphony, and the Orchestra Sifonica De Minarea.


Mr. Louie delighted audiences on the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Breintz Jazz Festival, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Park City Jazz Festival and the Art and Edison Farmer Memorial Jazz Festival.  He now tours with his own jazz quintet, Louie, which has released its first album, Says You.  He has performed with jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Dick Oates, Greg Gizbert, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Tom Garvin, Ira Nepus and Matt Wallis.  Ryun also recorded his third CD with the Greg Floor Quintet.


Among his influences and teachers, Ryun names some of the best percussionists in the world:  Peter Erskine, Dave Jette, Doug Wolf, George Brown, Jay Lawrence, Steve Houghton, Paul Samuels, Jamey Haddad, Dwight Thomas, Guy Romanco, Kelly Wallis, Bill Hill, Cloyd Duff, Timothy Adams Jr., Tom Freer and Rick Sebastian. 


"Ryun Louie is the good rare breed of musician who is equally comfortable and adept in both the legit and popular music worlds. His musical enthusiasm is contagious. He is an excellent percussionist and drummer.”  ~ Peter Erskine


Most recently, Ryun has taken the helm of the percussion programs at the Medina and Wadsworth School Districts in Ohio, and recently served as Artist-in-Residence for Cleveland Heights High School in northeast Ohio. Ryun is on the faculty of the Yamaha Midwest Percussion Camp held in the summer at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.  Additionally, he has taught at Bingham, West Jordan and Davis High Schools in Utah, Southside High School in Pennsylvania, Belleview East High School in Nebraska, Weber State College, University of Omaha-Nebraska, Iowa Western Community College and Duquesne University.  


He works as an active clinician for the Percussion Arts Society (PAS) and is endorsed by Evans Drumheads, Bosphorus Cymbals and Vic Firth Drumsticks.


A native of Salt Lake City, Ryun started his professional career at the age of 15.  He attended the University of Utah where he studied with Doug Wolf, Professor of Percussion, and George Brown, principal timpanist of the Utah Symphony.  During this time, he also studied with Cloyd Duff, principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He furthered his education at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Timothy Adams, Jr., principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. 


Ryun and his family live in Medina, Ohio, where he freelances as a percussionist and maintains a full teaching studio.


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