Raymond Mietus is an instructor of percussion studies at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Prior to beginning his teaching career in 2005, Ray studied percussion at Eastern Illinois University under the direction of Professor Johnny Lee Lane and at The University of Iowa under Dr. Dan Moore. Supporting his philosophy of a “total percussion” background, Ray has done and seen it all. He has always been active in the marching community and has performed and worked with many groups ranging from various Drum and Bugle Corps, Big 10 Marching Bands and Show Style Marching Bands. Aside from his involvement in the marching community, Ray also plays solo steel drums in his surrounding area. In October 2010, Ray began playing drums for the East Coast corporate touring band Six Stylez and is proudly sponsored by Sam Hill Entertainment. Ray endorses Pro Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads and Dream Cymbals.