Ron Mendola holds a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Buffalo. A professor at Georgia Tech in Atlanta from 1979 until his retirement in 2010, Ron was Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Programs and taught Music History and Jazz History on campus, and in Europe for Georgia Tech’s Oxford Program. Throughout, Ron also maintained a professional career as a trumpet player, performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and with commercial groups and artists from across the spectrum of popular music, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Melissa Manchester, The Who, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Natalie Cole. Ron toured with artists as diverse as Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mathis, and conducted for a number of major label recording artists. He also served as musical producer, composer/arranger, conductor, video and live stage producer and creative consultant for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. At the College of Charleston, Ron teaches “Intro to the Music Industry” with Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish. Ron has directed the Southcoast Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2014.