“El Pianito” Piano Bar – Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta

No stranger to the spotlight, Ron Pass has an extensive background as a performer.  After years of involvement in regional and community theater, Ron’s first “paying gig” surfaced when he performed weekly as a singer and pianist at a resort near his college campus in central New York State.  After graduation, Ron left New York for Washington, DC for graduate studies in Political Management.  Ron worked in the political field for a few years, the highlight of which was a staff position with the Clinton Administration in the East Wing of The White House.  Despite the thrill of the political world (which included the Clinton’s cat Socks taking daily naps on his fax machine). Ron’s love for music kept him busy moonlighting weekly as a piano man at neighborhood bars and clubs.  In January of 2000, Ron followed a job offer to “The Big Apple,” New York City.  In addition to working full-time as a Project Manager at a health insurance company in lower Manhattan, Ron serenaded crowds weekly as a singer and pianist at a neighborhood restaurant.

Piano Red

On his way to work on the morning of September 11, 2001, Ron was exiting the subway underneath the World Trade Center at the moment it was struck.  Spiritually moved after witnessing first-hand the horror of that day, Ron decided a life change was in order and abandoned his career in project management to pursue music full-time. (For a detailed account of Ron’s 9/11 experience, go to WWW.RONPASS.COM.)  On November 24, 2002 he began a new career as a piano man with Carnival Cruise Lines.  Ron has entertained thousands of vacationers in his piano bar ever since and has been honored with placement on the inaugural start-up teams on four of Carnival’s new ships.

 Pianito Sofa

A native of Geneva, New York, Ron obtained a BA from Hobart College and a MA in Political Management from George Washington University.  He studied voice with Mollie Steele and Meredith Hudson and piano from Zelia Dunbar, Joan Martin, and Michael Salimirs.  Ron lives in Las Vegas and maintains family roots in upstate New York.


Ron is currently here in our beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the winter season; working as a featured entertainer at the new “El Pianito” Piano Bar, part of the famous Club Mañana family of venues.  If you are in town, be sure to drop into El Pianito to sing, clap, and laugh along with Ron.  El Pianito is located in the “Old Town” Zona Romantica neighborhood at Basilio Badillo #284.  Ron’s at the 88’s from 9 pm until 1 am, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.