Front Ensemble Instructor, The Cadets
Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator. She is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a Master's Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree from Appalachian State University in Percussion Performance. She has studied with teachers including Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Rob Falvo, Craig Ketrick and Braham Dembar.
Currently, Diana is teaching and performing in the Austin area. In addition to private lessons, she is a Teaching Assistant at UT and the director of the UT Steel Band, "The Pans of Texas." From 2012-14, she was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and taught the IU Steel Band.
Diana has performing experience in many different areas of percussion. She has studied orchestral percussion with current and former members of the Austin Symphony, National Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony. She has an extensive background in world percussion, including areas such as steel pan, tabla, Arfo-Cuban, Brazilian and West African percussion. She traveled to Ghana in 2014 to study gyil and djembe with Bernard Woma, and is currently a member of the Austin Samba School. She has performed multiple times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention including concerts with the PAS Marimba Orchestra, Indiana University Percussion Ensemble and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Diana played timpani with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2010-2012, and has developed a passion for the "melodic timpani" playing. She is currently working to expand both the potential of the instrument and the repertoire for this new field.