Ron Powell is a skilled percussionist, accomplished musician and exciting performer who has toured the world since 1978 and has worked with over a hundred great artists, the most notable being, Madonna, Kenny G., Diana Ross, Sergio Mendes and most recently Brian Hughes.
Through his experience with Sergio, Ron learned the intricacies of Brazilian percussion. He has also played with Tania Maria, Oscar Castro-Neves, and his own band, L.A. Samba, and made special appearances with Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Samba School Villa Isabelle. Ron's versatility and showmanship have made him one of the most sought after percussionists in the world.
Ron is well studied in Afro-Latin percussion and has performed with Santana, El Chicano and Miami Sound Machine, Earth Wind & Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Rascal Flatts, and many others. He performed on many television shows most recently on Idol Gives Back.
Ron has participated in many music related projects, which include the coordination of the African drum section of the Lion King Parade at Disneyland in California. He attributes his success in the music industry to his love for performing, sharing percussion and music.
As an educator Ron wrote the instructional book “Conga Drums”. He is also part of two small but important groups: Percussion Magic, a three man ensemble that performs about 60 shows a year to thousands of children in the public school system. The shows introduce kids to music, percussion, and ethnic diversity. The second group is a two-man show named Two for All, a storytelling duo that uses percussion and guitar to help children learn to express themselves.
Ron also teaches privately to beginners and professionals. He has taught at P.I.T., Dick Groves, LAMA, and M.I.T. Schools of Music. Ron has performed seminars for P.A.S.I.C, NAMM, Guitar Center, and Pearl Electronics and also conducts clinics worldwide for Latin Percussion, as well as facilitating drum circles
Ron's equipment list changes with each playing situation, however he feels that LP is the only company with the variety and quality of instruments to fulfill his needs. Ron has been an LP artist for over 30 years.