Ron Coulter is currently Instructor of Percussion, Improvisation, Jazz, American Popular and World Musics at Casper College. He previously served as Senior Lecturer of Percussion, Improvisation, and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for a decade and as a Visiting Instructor of Percussion at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at John A. Logan College and Youngstown State University, and as an independent contractor at Westminster College and Chadron State College. He has presented clinics, master classes, lectures, and/or performances at more than 100 colleges and universities internationally as a visiting artist, and has been an appointed-faculty member of the Casper Mountain Jazz Camp, Southern Illinois Music Camp, and SIUC Jazz Camp. Ron has been an Educational Endorser with the Promark Corporation and Black Swamp Percussion since 2006; an Educational Endorser with Pearl Drums and Adams Concert Percussion since 2016; and Artist Endorser with Murat Diril Cymbals since 2018.
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, 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, Marvin Hamlisch, Sandy Duncan, Linux Laptop Orchestra, Tone Road Ramblers, New Arts Jazztet, Sean Jones, Keith Javors, Todd Coolman, Donadi, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, Marvin Stamm, Dominick Farinacci, Ben Markley, Eric Richards, Donald Smith, Joanne Brackeen, Bruce Johnstone, Chuck Mangione, Rip Lee Pryor, Martin “Big Larry” Allbritton, Casey D. James, Ivas John, Mark O’Connor, Billy Contreras, 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, Eric P. Mandat, Bill Smith, William O. Smith, James Falzone, François Houle, Vinny Golia, Viv Corringham, Tatsuya Nakatani, Gino Robair, Michael Zerang, Chris Corsano, RICKSPLUND, CRAG Quartet, Kelan Phil Cohran, Charles “Bobo” Shaw, Jim Staley, John “Jack” Fonville, Morgan Powell, Ray Sasaki, Howie Smith, Tomeka Reid, Durán Vásquez, Paulo Raposo, Ryan Seward, Matt Smiley, 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, Neoteric, Altgeld Chamber Players, One-Off Radiophonic Orchestra, HaZMaT Percussion Group, Maraca2, The Chance Operations Collective of Kalamazoo, Sam West Trio, Woodbox Gang, Rapture 7, Well Well Wells, and Rum Runners, among many, many others.