Brad Loudis

This week we feature our fabulous third percussionist, Brad Loudis! Originally from Birdsboro, PA, Brad joined the RPO family in 2018 after playing three seasons with the New World Symphony and one year with Opera Philadelphia. ๐ŸŽถโฃ
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Read on for our deep-dive Q&A with Brad:โฃ
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๐Ÿ‘ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ: Good coffee, craft beer, and my practice pad.โฃ
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๐‡๐จ๐›๐›๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: My 30th birthday is in July and I plan to celebrate by going on a 30-mile run! In addition, my girlfriend Sarah and I like to take care of our Mother Nature ๐ŸŒŽ
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๐—ช๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง? I enjoy playing percussion because we get to explore so many different sound and color options. To borrow an analogy from Michael Tilson-Thomas: โ€œif the orchestra is a cake, then the percussion is the icing!โ€ ๐ŸŽ‚ We get to provide that extra sparkle. Plus, we have a HUGE dynamic range from ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต to EAR SPLITTINGLY LOUD! ๐Ÿ’ฅโฃ
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๐‰๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿฅ: My parents surprised me with a set of drums for my 9th birthday. I began playing from a book called โ€œLearn to Play the Drumsโ€; my dad, who plays piano and saxophone, helped teach me. I then went to Temple University and studied with Glenn Steele, Christopher Deviney, and percussion legend Alan Abel, who passed away only a few weeks ago due to complications with COVID-19.
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๐ˆ๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ฆ: Mr. Abel welcomed me not only into his studio, but also into his family. After I won the audition for my position with the RPO I called Mr. Abel. He was delighted and told me his first professional gig was playing extra with RPO while he was a student at Eastman! I feel honored to walk in his footsteps and play with RPO on the same stage in Eastman Theater. I look forward to honoring this memory when we can all be together again at the RPO. ๐Ÿ’œ

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