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).
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. He currently teaches the drum line at Los Alamos High School, gives weekly clinics at Los Alamos Middle School, and teaches private lessons in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Ryan’s instructional drum books are published by Hudson Music including: The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained (2016), Live Drum & Bass (2018), Encyclopedia Rudimentia (2019), Thrash Metal Drumming (2020), and Subdivide and Conquer (2021). He has also written a non-fiction book The Forgotten Side of Bandelier (2019).