Ryan Rongone maintains an active freelance career as a trombonist in the Houston area. Currently, he is the Acting Second Trombonist with the Houston Symphony, Principal Trombonist of the Magnolia City Brass Band, and a member of the Houston Brass Quintet. He is also a regular substitute with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Jazz Orchestra. His career includes performances with Renee Fleming, Ryan Shaw, Dave Bennett, Tony DeSare, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Lionel Cole, Chris Botti, Sal Lozano, Jonas Kaufmann, and Johnny Mathis.
Education plays a vital role in the life of Ryan Rongone. He is on faculty at both Lone Star College University Park and Texas Southern University. He also works as a teacher and clinician at several schools in the Greater Houston area. Teaching has allowed Ryan to travel to Cuba on three occasions to coach and perform with the students of the Conservatorio de Musica Estaban Salas in Santiago de Cuba.
A native of Bloomsburg, PA, Ryan received performance degrees from Penn State and Rice University. His primary teachers were Mark Lusk, Allen Barnhill, and Todd Hunter.
Outside of music, Ryan enjoys spending his time swimming, cycling, and downhill skiing. He also enjoys casting Levicorpus at unsuspecting Hufflepuffs.