From the mid 1980’s to the late 2000’s, Ron Rudkin led a 5- to 15-piece jazz/dance/commercial band (the “Ron Rudkin Band / Orchestra”) in numerous engagements throughout the eastern seaboard from Florida to Maryland performing frequently in major country clubs, hotels, and resorts. Ron’s groups earned a distinguished record of entertaining prominent social and corporate clients for over 25 years. Important appearances include: several gala events for the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh; Jupiter Island Club in Florida; Balls for the Baltimore Opera, Charlotte Opera and Symphony, Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies, Tryon Palace for Governor Beverly Perdue, Piedmont Opera Theatre, Winston-Salem Heart Association and Mental Health Association, NC Museum of History, American Red Cross, NCCAT, Cape Fear Hospital Foundation; NC Governor’s Inaugural Balls, Blandwood Balls, Winterlark Balls, the North Carolina Education Ball in Raleigh for Governor Easley; celebratory events for the Presidents of Duke University and Elon University, and events for Wake Forest University.
As freelance musician and contractor, Ron has performed in concert with a diverse mix of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, pop, and jazz: Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, Lou Rawls, the Temptations and Four Tops, Rich Little, Ben Vareen, and Eartha Kitt. He served as Music Director for the annual Bing Crosby Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament for fifteen years (1986-2001), accompanying various celebrities from the entertainment industry including: Bob Hope, Joe Williams, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Smokey Robinson, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Hal Linden, Sharon Lawrence, Robert Guillaume, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, and others.