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.
"Ryun Louie is the consummate performer/teacher. His experience as a professional timpanist, percussionist, and jazz musician makes him a model for his students who have been accepted into the best music schools in the nation. I have had the pleasure to work with him for the past nine years and have benefitted greatly from his musicianship, not only in the area of percussion performance, but also from his vast array of musical knowledge of all orchestral, symphonic, and jazz ensembles. He has created a college prep studio, Studio Louie, where his motivated students from the Greater Northeast Ohio area have advanced musically from his expert knowledge. His continued desire to perform in jazz and symphonic ensembles motivate his students and their directors throughout the region." ~ Steven Hadgis, Director of Bands, Wadsworth HS (retired)
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.
Ryun Louie Trio
What the Ryun Louie Trio did was the very essence of jazz. They took some iconic pop songs over a four or five decade period and stretched, twisted and lifted them into something beautiful, familiar yet unexpected. They enchanted their audience the whole time, put a smile on their face and left them smitten for long afterwards. It was recorded live in concert on the middle stage in the Medina Performing Arts Center on a snowy January evening but it warmed the audience’s heart from the inside. Trio Louie Live
Trio Louie Live
- Little Sunflower
- Wichita Lineman
- Pure Imagination
- Take Five
- And I Love Her
- Pure Imagination (Bonus Track)
- This I Dig of You
- My Little Suede Shoes
- Love For Sale
- Says You
- Nostalgia In Times Square
- I Wish You Love
- Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
- Watch What Happens
The new album Louie Trio Live is available from the following sources.
Studio Louie Mission Statement Our mission is to coach for personal and artistic growth and foster a lifelong love of creative expression in percussion.
- Serving a range of students including beginners; passionate amateurs; and aspiring, professional performers
- Teaching the fundamentals and discipline needed for proper tone production and sound quality through proven technique
- Exposing the student to a large variety of musical styles and professional grade percussive instruments
- Fostering a strong working relationship with the student and those who support them
- Inspiring a life-long love of percussion
Studio Louie is a private studio focused on percussion and dedicated to:
"The students in Ryun Louie's Percussion studio are doing very well, demonstrating hard work and excellence in musicianship. This is an outstanding model for private Applied Percussion studio's in the country, far surpassing a normal 'private lesson' module. Congratulations on a well refined and continually growing Model..." ~ Dan Smithiger, Percussion/ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
"Taking lessons with Ryun in high school provided me with the foundations I needed to continue with college-level study. Thanks to Ryun’s strong teaching abilities and experience in percussion of all kinds, I learned how to practice efficiently and how to play with maturity and musicality. His guidance in the preparation of my college auditions was truly essential to my success. I would strongly recommend Ryun for percussion lessons at any level." ~ Rachel McCourt, Graduate Percussion Performance Student, Cincinnati ConservatoryWe are delighted to explore how we can help you reach your creative potential. For more information and new student availability, please see the contact section.
Pure Imagination by the Ryun Louie Trio