Ronald R. Oswanski Jr.





To continue a career in the music industry teaching, performing, and recording.


Work Experience

The Supper Club

    Pianist for Swing show review and pianist for Swing Dance Band.                                  1999-2000

Evergreen Theatre

    Keyboardist for Production of “The Rat Pack”                                                                        2000   

Blood Sweat & Tears                                                                                                             1998

    Keyboardist with Blood Sweat & Tears.

Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau                                                                      1993 – 1998

    Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer and Arranger with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band. 

Freelance Musician                                                                                                 1986 – Present

    Tri-State Area / Northwest Ohio & Detroit


    Pianist/Keyboardist with many area Jazz, Contemporary, and Rock ensembles: Jerry Weldon,     Randy Brecker, Mike Pope, Milt Hinton, Rick Margitza, Tim Ries, Ernie Krivda, Ira Sullivan, Chris McNulty, Butch Miles, Bob Parsons & Pat Harbison.


    Taught privately in Northwest Ohio area.



Manhattan School Of Music                                                                                       1992 – 1996

    New York, NY

    Bachelor of Performance in Jazz Studies.


Professional Recording

The Supper Club All Stars                                                                                                          1999

Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau                                                                      1993 - 1998

   Brass Attitude, 1998 release on the Concord Jazz Label.

   These Cats Can Swing, 1993 release on the Concord Jazz Label.

    Maynard Ferguson Video, Live From Liverkuson.

Toledo Polkamotion

   Visions, 1993 World Renowned Sounds.  (Keyboard Parts)  Grammy Nominated Group.



Nov.  1998:  Billboard Magazine mention of Misra-Dhenuka


Oct.  1998:  Time Magazine mention of Milk of the Moon.


Oct.  1998:  Jazziz Magazine mention of Misra-Dhenuka.


Oct.  1998:  WindPlayer Magazine.


Jan. 1992:  Performed in the McDonald’s All-American Jazz Ensemble. (Performed at the Grammy festivities.)


Oct. 1991:  At the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) convention received 4th level award under “Arts & Young Talent Search”


Jan. 1991:  1st place finish (Jazz Category) in National Quest for Excellence Music Contest.  The Quest for Excellence was a music contest sponsored by the Detroit area Dodge dealers and WJR radio station (760 AM) – entrants from the United States and Canada.


July 1990:  Attended the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp which was capped by my involvement in a tour of Europe called the 1990 International American Concert Collage (Dr. George West, Directing). 


Awarded Outstanding Musician at the following Jazz Festivals:  Cincinnati, April 1991:  13th Annual Ohio State University, June 1990;  Bowling Green State University, March 1990; and Western Michigan University, 1989.


Aug. 1989: Awarded Outstanding Musical Performance in Musicfest USA (Saginaw High School Ensemble).  Listed in the July issue of Downbeat Magazine as an All-Star for the Musicfest Award.


Additional Teaching Experience


Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau                                                                   1993 – 1997

    While on tour with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau - critiqued, adjudicated  & taught numerous master classes, sectionals & clinics at both college & high school level jazz ensemble festivals and competitions.