Greg Runions is a Canadian composer, arranger and percussionist residing in Kingston, Ontario. His original works for big band, small groups, orchestra, orchestra with big band, and percussion ensemble have been performed by The Greg Runions Big Band and The Greg Runions Septet, The Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and by numerous ensembles at colleges and high schools in Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands. A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, and the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, Greg performs primarily as a vibraphonist and devotes a lot of his time to composing and arranging. He has been a professor at The Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s since 1985, teaching percussion, music curriculum, and directing the Queen’s Jazz Ensemble.
Greg has recorded three independent discs, But Not Forgotten (1993), Sweet Home Suite (2002), and Something Old, Something New (2018), and has invited a number of outstanding jazz artists to perform with his big band, including Brian Dickinson, Tim Hagans, Anthony Braxton, Don Thompson, Joe Sullivan, Mike Murley, John MacLeod, Tony Bennett, and Kenny Wheeler.