Ron Cooley

Ron Cooley

Guitarist at L.A. Carnival

General Information


composition , University of Omaha

Bachelor's degree  - Classical Guitar performance , 

Master's degree  - Musical Composition and Theory , 


Mannheim Steamroller Member  - Clickit Ticket

Members  - Mannheim Steamroller

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A visit with L.A. Carnival guitarist Ron Cooley, a long-settled Nebraskan, who’d named his record label after the blanket the covered his home state.
“See what I mean,” he beamed as we hurtled along the interstate in his minivan. “This is what I’m talking about – the ‘Nebraska Sky.’” Once you’ve driven the winding road that is Interstate 80, alongside the ubiquitous corn fields that abut freight lines – their empty stock yards witnessing the hustle and bustle of Omaha’s urban expansion – you understand why Ron smiles as those two words leave his lips. Leslie Smith, a church-schooled singer who was then attending North High School, sang lead in a band called the Sights and Sounds with, amongst others, schoolmate Ron Cooley on guitar and a bass player from Central High, Rick Chudacoff. “We needed Lester in the band,” Ron reflects. As Ron remembers, Patterson was the most vocal opponent to this idea. “It was hard to be around in the late 60s and not be politically conscious,” Ron, who was studying composition at the University of Omaha at the time, offers. Rick couldn’t leave college, Ron couldn’t either. Percy was in school as well.” By the time 1972 came around, Leslie had returned from the army and signed on for HAIR’s nationwide tour, Rick and Arno were readying to join funk-rock outfit “Crackin,’” and Ron had joined a rock band called Pilot. “That’s what was happening in music in the late 60s,” Ron says.

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Ron Cooley - Co leader and arranger Ron Cooley is featured on the guitar.
Ron is one of Omaha's busiest musicians. In addition to his work with Pam and the Pearls, Ron performs every Christmas season as a member of the nationally acclaimed group Mannheim Steamroller. Ron has recorded six solo projects of his own, four on the American Gramaphone label and two on his own label, Nebraska Sky. He has also received gold and platinum records for his work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas recordings. Ron has also performed on the White House lawn for President Clinton's Tree Lighting Ceremony and with C.W. McCall at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Check out Ron's Website or contact Ron by email.

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