Ron Meza is a film composer and award winning sound designer | re-recording
mixer. He has been playing trumpet since the age of 8 and has over 35
years of musical experience. He was lucky enough to have been taught
by Mel Won in Stockton, California for 7 years. Ron credits Won for
choosing to become a professional musician. Mr. Won was able to take
a bunch of poor kids from all ethnic
to excel as musicians and people. He gave us the confidence to
be able to go head to head with the more privileged schools
and show them that a bunch of poor kids from the east side of town could
some butt. And win we did! We won top awards at every festival that we
entered. Won's concert band and his stage band never failed to take
top honors in every festival that we entered. Early on his
students learned to swing (do-dot dot), sight read and compete on an
international level. Mel Won
high school for more than 25 years and accumulated a who's who of alumni
students that are still playing to this day. This confidence is the driving
force behind Ron's success as a musician. Thanks Mel!!
In 1975 Meza started playing bugle in the Commodores Drum and Bugle corps
instructed by Jim Ott. Ott was a big influence on Ron and is credited
with the love of competition and discipline that Ron enjoys to this day.
In 1978 Ron joined the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle corps on Jim
Ott's recommendation. There he was mellophone soloist and helped the
take 3rd place at the Drum Corps. International competition in Denver
Colorado's Mile high Stadium.
Ron began studying trumpet with Claude Gordon in 1979 in San Mateo and
decided to go to college at San Jose State. He graduated from San Jose
State in 1981 with a BA in music (jazz trumpet). Ron moved to Los Angeles
in 1982 and continued his studies with Gordon as well as with Uan Racey.
In 1986 Ron was befriended by jazz great Donald Byrd and spent that summer
hanging out with him. Ron was part of the LA Jazz scene until moving
Paris, France in 1987. While in Paris (1987-1996) Ron stumbled into the
red hot world music scene. His first african gig was with Tony Allen,
former drummer for Fela Kuti. Shortly after he started
playing with malian singer Salif Keita. He spent 8
years on and off with Salif and recorded 2 albums with him.
Ron has played and/or recorded with Salif Keita, Lester Bowie, Joe Zawinul,
Carlos Santana, Youssou N'Dour, Carlinhos Brown, Wally Badarou, Les
Ismäel Lô, Baaba Maal and many other World Music artists
culminating with a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, produced
by Quincy Jones,
in 1991 with Mory Kanté sharing the stage with rock group TOTO.
Ron is a MacHead since 1984 and is proficient on trombone, french horn,
piano and drums. He also plays the EVI (electronic valve instrument) made
by Nyle Steiner.
Ron composes music using Digital Performer. He has been using Performer
since about 1985 and has been very busy composing music for Indie films
and Documentaries for the past 10 years.
Ron is also a highly regarded re-recording mixer | sound designer and
has worked at the WB, UPN, NBC, FOX Family, DirecTV, Eurosport and
at FOX television. He uses Pro Tools for sound design and was a beta
tester for the version 5.0 release.
For more information on his post sound career, visit:
Recent film scoring projects:
Run to the Wall (2006 release)
E-X-P-I-R-E-D (2006 release)
Motherless Child (2005)
Lisa and Lauren (2005)
Lis & Ogre (2005)
A lot to Ask (2005)
Cuzin' Sista (2004)