Ryan graduated from Irondale High School in 2004 where he marched and competed at the WGI World Championships all four years, winning the Bronze Medal in Scholastic Open Class in 2003.
In 2009, Ryan received his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from St. Cloud State University. Ryan has also marched with the Twin Cities Area Independent (2008) making Independent A Finals (4th place); and Minnesota Brass Senior Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006, 2010-2011) including a DCA Open Class Championship in 2011.Ryan has been involved with RCR since the 2013 season.
Ryan has directed at Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Totino Grace, Eagan, and Irondale High School. Ryan is currently the Frontline Director at Eastview High school for the Marching Band, and Irondale High School for the Winter Drumline.