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Department ofMusic

Ryan Black

Ryan Black
Ryan Black
Trombone & Tuba

A native of Florida, Ryan Black has continued his successful music career since moving to California in 2010. Often times performing on multiple instruments through multiple genres, he is sought out as one of the most diverse and hard working musicians in the area, regularly playing gigs as diverse as salsa bands to symphony orchestras. Playing tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, and bass trumpet; Ryan has made a name for himself as one of the most in demand low brass musicians in the Bay Area.

Within the commercial realm, he has played on many recordings including the Grammy winning self titled album, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, as well as various recording projects and video game soundtracks. Along with playing for such prestigious latin groups as Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Grupo de Karabali, and Orquesta Avance, Ryan has had the pleasure to play in intimate horn sections with artists such as: Frankie Valli, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Lady Gaga, the Temptations, the O’Jays, Wayne Newtown, and Frank Sinatra Jr. to name a few.

Equally at home with the classical realm as the commercial setting, Ryan has played with some of the best orchestras in the area; including the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Merola Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, and many more. Ryan has played internationally included solo recitals and in orchestras in Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico and in Bulgaria.

Many genres are close to his heart, but he can be seen playing for the National Broadway musical tours in theaters in San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose. Often times with a combination of 2 or 3 instruments at a time. As well as working in the theatrical realm, he has been lucky enough to work with the most prestigious jazz groups in the area as well. Some of them include the Tommy Igoe Big Band, the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Big band, and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra to name a few.

Working with young musicians has a special place, teaching in many of the area public and private schools as a coach and clinician. Besides working in the schools, Ryan teaches applied low brass at the College of San Mateo and Santa Clara University. He also maintains a large private studio of students on all brass instruments ranging from 7-80 years of age.

Degrees in music were attained from his home region in the Southeast part of the United States, obtaining a Bachelors in Music from Florida State University and a Masters in Music from University of Alabama on both bass trombone and euphonium while studying tenor trombone and tuba on the side.