Ron Coulter is a percussionist, composer, improviser, researcher, audio engineer, and educator currently based in the Mountain West region.
Ron has been a freelance percussionist since 1997, performing in a wide gamut of musical situations from burlesque cabaret to live electronica. As a performer, he has toured internationally appearing in 49 U.S. states, and 11 countries, including: Norway, Croatia, Australia, and most major cities in the European Union, Japan, and Canada. He has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Four Aces, The Gaylords, Al Martino, Matthew Shipp, Nate Wooley, David Murray, Tony Malaby, Vinny Golia, Hugh Ragin, Sam Newsome, Marvin Hamlisch, Sandy Duncan, Linux Laptop Orchestra, Dr. Q, Tone Road Ramblers, New Arts Jazztet, Sean Jones, Keith Javors, Anthony Cox, Todd Coolman, Bob Bowman, Bill McCrossen, Donadi, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, Marvin Stamm, Dominick Farinacci, Chuck Mangione, Ben Markley, Nathan Hanson, Donald Smith, Joanne Brackeen, Bruce Johnstone, Rip Lee Pryor, Martin “Big Larry” Allbritton, Casey D. James, Ivas John, Mark O’Connor, Billy Contreras, Ryan Cavanaugh, Ashley Campbell, Justin Kalk, Lucy Shelton, Susan Botti, Julia Rich, Sony Holland, Abby Burke, Cristina Fontanelli, Beat Kaestli, Nick Hilscher, Bryan Anthony, Steve Lippia, Dick Johnson, Rodney Lancaster, Eric P. Mandat, Bill Smith, William O. Smith, James Falzone, François Houle, Viv Corringham, Tatsuya Nakatani, Gino Robair, Michael Zerang, Chris Corsano, Sean Hamilton, Ryan Seward, Matt Smiley, Josh D. Reed, Bret Sexton, Farrell Lowe, Dave Divine, RICKSPLUND, Kelan Phil Cohran, Walter Thompson, Tomeka Reid, Jim Staley, John “Jack” Fonville, Morgan Powell, Ray Sasaki, Howie Smith, Noam Lemish, Durán Vásquez, Paulo Raposo, Martin Kuuskmann Alexander Markov, Carol Wincenc, Eric Ruske, Francesca Dego, Elena Ulyanova, Ryan Anthony, Eliot Fisk, Bolokada Condé, Weedie Braimah, Erica Azim, Caution Shonhai, Renold Shonhai, Robert Van Sice, Robert Schietroma, Sylvia Smith, Music from China, CRAG Quartet, CRA Trio, Neoteric, Altgeld Chamber Players, One-Off Radiophonic Orchestra, SeFa LoCo, Red Desert, HaZMaT Percussion Group, Maraca2, Filament Duo, The Chance Operations Collective of Kalamazoo, The Noise Gallery, The Metro Sound Painting Orchestra, Sam West Trio, Woodbox Gang, Rapture 7, Well Well Wells, and Rum Runners, among many, many others.
Ron is co-founder of the Percussion Art Ensemble and Youngstown Percussion Collective, and the founder of the Perkusiv Arts Elektronik¬, a collective exploring the performance of existing, and the creation of new, electro-acoustic music, including 69 world premiers from 2005 to 2006. Ron has performed with symphony orchestras across the United States, including the Wyoming Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Paducah Symphony, Powder River Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony, Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Ariel Orchestra, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Warren Packard Band, and the Shenango Valley Lyric Opera. He has appeared as a soloist with the Wyoming Chamber Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony, Linux Laptop Orchestra, NEBULA Ensemble, Dana Symphony Orchestra, and the Casper College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Youngstown State University Orchestras, Choirs, Wind Ensembles, and Percussion Ensembles.