Ryan began playing drums in 1996, at the age of 11, taking private lessons and participating in school bands. A military brat, he moved relentlessly during his childhood, finally settling in Colorado for his high school and college years. In 2007 Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Colorado under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Walter.

As a performer, Ryan has worked in the studio or on stage with Alma Llama, Errant, the Niwot Timberline Symphony Orchestra, Mordheim, Amish Warfare, Amara Grace, and Havok. While in Havok, the band was signed to Candlelight Records and Ryan appeared on the album Burn. His current band, Bloodstrike, has one record out on Redefining Darkness Records called In Death We Rot . 

As a teacher, Ryan has worked in Washington and Colorado in public schools, private music schools, music stores, and out of his own studio. He has taught over 150 private students of all ages. As of 2016, Ryan has published three titles in the Double Bass Drumming Explained series, currently lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Rose, and teaches out of his home and at the Aurora School of Rock.