Dr. Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator. She recently graduated with a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a M.M. from Indiana University and a B.M. 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 Hetrick, and Braham Dembar.
Currently, Diana is teaching and performing in the Asheville, NC area. In addition to her private lesson studio, she is the director of the "Steely Pan Steel Band" at Appalachian State University and an adjunct percussion professor at Western Carolina University. Previously, she was a Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas, and the director of the UT Steel Band, "The Pans of Texas" from 2015-18. From 2012-14, she was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and taught the IU Steel Band. She was a front ensemble instructor for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017.
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 performed with the Austin Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, the Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, and the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. She has an extensive background in world percussion, including areas such as steel pan, tabla, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African percussion. She travelled to Ghana in 2014 to study gyil and djembe with Bernard Woma, and is currently a member of the Austin Samba School, Maracatu Texas, and the Inside Out Steelband.
Diana 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 Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. She was the timpanist for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012, and has since developed a passion for "melodic timpani" playing. She is currently working to expand both the potential of the instrument, and the repertoire for this new field.