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Ryun Louie is the Artistic Director of Pana Percussion Group. In 2013, he recently completed his tenure as the principal timpanist of the South Dakota Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony Percussion Quartet. Prior to that he served in the United States Air Force as the principal timpanist, principal percussionist and main drum set player with the Heartland of America Band stationed in Omaha, Nebraska.

No stranger to the orchestral world, Ryun has performed with several orchestras in his 30 year career including the Sounds of Sousa Concert Band, West Virginia Symphony, Erie Symphony, Parkersburg Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Ballet West Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Mexico City), Salt Lake Symphony, Butler Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, River City Orchestra, Proteus 7 and the Canadian Brass.

Ryun Louie has performed for 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 has performed with jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Dick Oates, Greg Gizbert, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Tom Garvin, Ira Nepus and Matt Wallis. In 2008, Ryun released his first jazz CD called “Louie Says You”. In May of 2015 he will release his latest recording with the Ryun Louie Trio named, “Live at the MPAC”. 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, Ed Soph, Guy Romanko, Bob Breithaupt, 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. Additionally, he has taught at Augustana College, South Dakota State, Dorht College, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Northwestern Iowa College, Bingham High School, West Jordan and Davis High Schools in Utah, Southside High School in Pennsylvania, Jackson High School, Cloverleaf High School, Brunswick High School, Copley High School, 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, Crescent Cymbals, Erie Drums and Shells, Black Swamp Percussion and Vic Firth Drumsticks. Mr. Louie is also the Director of the Pana Percussion Institute entering it’s 6th year that reaches over 40 percussion students held every summer in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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 at the University of Utah, 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 free-lances as a percussionist and maintains a full roster of private students.

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