Ron is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently in his 17th year as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chair for the Lakewood Ranch High School Band in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Advanced Jazz Band. Ron also arranges for the groups and collaborates with esteemed professionals Evan VanDoren, John Meehan, John Mapes, Becca Sullens-Anderson and Jefferey Capponi to produce and coordinate the Marching Mustang Band’s music and visual design.
Ron most recently served three years as the Assistant Director of the Boston Crusaders. He has been involved with the marching arts since 1984, when began his drum corps journey with the Illiana Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps from Chicago.
During his time in the University of Illinois Bands, and as a former marching member of The Cavaliers, Ron studied with esteemed educators such as James Keene, Gary Smith, Jim Campbell, Bret Kuhn, Scott Johnson and Joe Cartagena. His first six years of teaching in Florida were as an Associate Director at the University of South Florida where he ran the USF Show Band, Basketball Band, and Athletic Bands Percussion including the Herd of Thunder Drumline and Indoor Percussion Theater. He also served as Assistant Director at LRHS for six years and as Director of Bands at Southeast High School in Bradenton for two years.
Ron spent several years as a faculty member of the Music For All/Bands of America Summer Symposium Leadership Camp alongside such great leadership trainers as Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Fran Kick, and Scott Lang. He has also served as an instructor and arranger for many nationally recognized marching band programs in Florida, Texas, and California and for several drum and bugle corps around the country. He is a professional drummer who has many recording and touring credits and over 25 years of private and curricular education experience. In 2007, Ron co-produced and arranged for the critically acclaimed touring and off-Broadway musical, BattleDrum. He is a proud endorser and ambassador for Yamaha, Remo, Zildjian, and Innovative Percussion.
Ron was the 2018 Lakewood Ranch Teacher of the Year. He is also a two-time Lakewood Ranch Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. He is a 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Award recipient and is a GRAMMY nominee, finishing as a Quarterfinalist for the 2017 GRAMMY Educators Award. His professional affiliations include FMBC, FBA, FMEA, Phi Mu Alpha, DCI, WGI, FFCC and MFA/BOA.
Ron resides in Apollo Beach, Fla. with his wife, Karyn. He has two children, Jessykka and Brandon; a granddaughter, Zoë; and his loyal dog, Ned.