Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Ryan‘s earliest musical study came at the age of 6 from his grandfather, a former bandmaster and trombone soloist with the local Salvation Army band. In high school, Ryan joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he was awarded a scholarship to pursue private studies, which resulted in Ryan coming under the tutelage of Peter Collins (bass trombone, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra).
Ryan then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, studying bass trombone performance with Jeffrey Hall (bass trombone, Toronto Symphony Orchestra), and David Pell (bass trombone, National Ballet of Canada).
Upon graduation, Ryan pursued further studies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, studying with Jeffery Hall, and Gordon Wolfe (principal trombone, Toronto Symphony Orchestra).
Ryan has also participated in masterclasses run by Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic), Steve Lange (second trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Craig Knox (principal tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and John Rojak (bass trombone, American Brass Quintet). Ryan has also been fortunate to study with Douglas Purviance, Craig Knox, Bill Vermeulen, Matthew Guilford, and Barnaby Kerekes.
Upon leaving school, Ryan has maintained a busy and varied freelance career, performing throughout Ontario with groups such as the Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Composers Collective Big Band, and the rock band Evanescence, to name a few.
Get to know Ryan…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: Cooking, eating, rugby, hockey
Musical influences: Bob Hughes, Ray Premru, George Roberts, Bill Reichenbach, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Favourite food: Pizza
Least favourite food: Whelks
Favourite music: All Music
Favourite song: Too many to list
Favourite movie: Star Wars
Favouirite movie music: Star Wars Ep. 3: Revenge of the Sith
Favourite musical theatre/opera: Book of Mormon (Parker/Stone)
Best quote from your teacher: Air is cheap, waste it.
Favourite book: Foundation series (Isaac Asimov)
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Sharing in music-making with the students