Dr. Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator, currently teaching and performing in the Asheville, NC area. She is a percussion instructor at Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University and Livingstone College. Diana is also the director of the "Steely Pan Steel Band" at Appalachian State University. As her main creative outlet, Diana has developed a passion for "Melodic Timpani" playing. She is currently working to expand both the potential of the instrument, as well as the repertoire for this new field.
Diana has performing experience in many different areas of percussion from all over the world. In addition to her orchestral background, she also has an extensive background in world percussion, including steel pan, tabla, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African percussion. She is a current member of Zabumba Asheville Samba, and she regularly teaches and performs with her steel pan duo, Blue Iron Percussion.