Ronald SpangAdjunct Professor and Chair of Brass
Mary Pappert School of Music
Education:M.M., Duquesne University
B.S., Duquesne University
Ron Spang earned his B.S. in Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While completing his graduate studies with a focus in instrumental music pedagogy, arranging and performance, he served as the graduate assistant and manager of the Duquesne University recording and performance facilities and recording personnel.
Ron has extensive experience in nearly all aspects and genres of the music industry including symphony orchestras, bands, film, radio, television, recording projects, casuals and shows. In his nearly thirty year musical career, he considers it a privilege to have worked for and with some of the finest conductors, musicians, entertainers, ensembles and shows. Nationwide, some of Ron's work as a bass trombonist includes performing for U.S. Air Force Bands, Disney, Inc., NBC and for the Playboy Jazz Festival. He has performed in the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, under the London Bridge and for U.S. Space Shuttle landings. Ron has performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford and for a variety of entertainers or musical artists such as Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Ann Jillian, Ferrante and Teicher, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Clark Terry, Chuck Mangione, Urbie Green, Jim Pugh and Larry Elgart.
Locally, Ron Spang has enjoyed performing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra led by Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch, The Bach and Mendelssohn Choirs led by Dr. Robert Page, Ms. Betsy Burleigh, and Mr. Thomas Douglas. Ron Spang recently retired from Pittsburgh's own River City Brass Band (RCBB) in which he served as the bass trombonist and featured soloist for nineteen seasons. With the RCBB he can be heard on a significant number of radio and CD ensemble recordings. Ron Spang remains available as a freelance performer, soloist, clinician and educator. He maintains memberships in NAfME, PMEA, The National Trombone Association, and The AFL-CIO Musicians Union 60-471. Ron Spang is a featured artist for Conn Musical Instruments, Inc.
As an educator, currently Ron Spang is an Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Brass Department for Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, Instructor of Brass Instruments for California University of Pennsylvania's School of Music and Director of Instrumental Music for the Charleroi Area School District. In addition to his support for NAfME and PMEA, Ron Spang maintains a very active Private Teaching Studio.
Ron Spang is forever grateful for the trombone instructing, ensemble education and mentoring he received from Mr. Matty Shiner, Professor Emeritus at Duquesne University School of Music.