Ryan is an active performer and educator throughout Washington with extensive performance experience in both classical and jazz styles. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and his Masters in Brass Performance from the University of Washington. Ryan is Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Northwest University, as well as principal trombonist for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Since 2000 he has been an active freelance musician in Seattle and throughout the state of Washington performing with groups such as Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Ballet, Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera, and Bellevue Philharmonic. He has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He is a founding member of the Left Coast Brass, Oly Chamber Brass, and the Jazz Resistance. As an educator, he has taught elementary band, given lectures on trombone pedagogy, offers trombone masterclasses and clinics regularly, and maintains a low brass studio. His students have won numerous scholarships and awards.