Ryan Alexander Bloom is an instructional author, percussion teacher, and drum set artist based in New Mexico.
Ryan began playing drums in 1996, taking private lessons and participating in school bands. A military brat, he attended 7 schools and lived in 5 states before graduating from Crested Butte Community School in the mountains of Colorado. 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, Niwot Timberline Symphony Orchestra, Mordheim, Amish Warfare, Amara Grace, Immortal Sÿnn, Bloodstrike, and Havok. While in Havok, the band signed with Candlelight Records and Ryan appeared on the 2009 album Burn. While in Bloodstrike, the band signed with Redefining Darkness Records and he played on the albums In Death We Rot (2015) and Execution of Violence (2017). Ryan has toured on numerous occasions with Bloodstrike, Havok, and Immortal Sÿnn, playing in at least 20 different states.
As a teacher, Ryan has worked with hundreds of students in Washington, Colorado, and New Mexico by way of public schools, private schools, private music schools, retail music stores, and out of his own home studio. Since 2019, he has taught marching and concert percussion at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School in New Mexico.
Ryan’s original instructional drum books are published by Hudson Music and Mel Bay, including The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained (2016), Live Drum & Bass (2018), Encyclopedia Rudimentia (2019), Thrash Metal Drumming (2020), Subdivide and Conquer (2021), and Rudimental Grand Tour (2022). He has also written a non-fiction book The Forgotten Side of Bandelier (2019), transcribed 19th century books by Charles Ashworth and Samuel Potter into modern notation, and translated the Swiss Tambour-Ordonnanz 1917 into English.