Energy, groove, pocket, and feeling good. Those are the words that people use when Ryan is behind the drums. When Ryan steps on stage, his energy and mindset is focused on making the music, the musicians, and the audience feel good and enjoy themselves.

Ryan enjoys being versatile and authentic whether it’s dancers twirling with an up-tempo swing, throwing down the funk, rocking it out, or using subtle brush strokes and cymbals swells to accent the songwriter’s beautiful song. Variety is the spice of life and Ryan loves all forms and styles that music can come in.

Ryan is a member of the band Godjammit performing original music and unique versions of fun cover songs. He also performs with Phour Point O, Colorado’s most well-renowned Phish tribute band. Ryan is also the featured drummer of the Ween tribute band, Lil’ Ween. Ryan is also part of the classic rock and R&B band Face The Music.


Ryan is also a first call sub for a variety of bands including Shakedown
Street (the long running Grateful Dead tribute band) and The Strange
Parade (Doors tribute band). He also spent seven years performing with
WhiteWater Ramble, an original band that brands itself as “high octane
Rocky Mountain dancegrass”. Ryan also performs with a variety of other
local, regional, and national acts on a substitute and fill-in basis. A
sampling of some of the artists and bands Ryan has performed with

  • Bo Diddley (rock legend)
  • Peter Rowan (bluegrass legend)
  • John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra)
  • Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident)

  • Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon)

  • Billy Branch (Chicago blues legend)

  • C.J. Chenier (zydeco legend)

  • Deadphish Orchestra

  • Andy Frasco and The U.N.

  • Damon Fowler

  • Chaotic

  • Huge In Germany

  • Stereomaid

  • Andy Irvine (bassist and clinician)

  • Pete Kartsounes

  • Bonnie and the Clydes

  • Andy Sydow
  • Junction 8

  • Dos Coyotes

  • Matt Flaherty

  • Harmonious Junk

  • Dead Zone

  • John Alex Mason

  • Possum Logic

  • Tydyed Sky

  • The Symbols

  • Olivia Rudeen

  • Hot Soup

  • Arnie J. Green

  • Bobby Walker

  • Johnny O. Band

  • Brad Pregeant

  • Lynnea Godfrieux

  • Finaleyez

  • Flambeau


Ryan enjoys performing in a variety of styles including: rock, jazz, pop, blues,
country, bluegrass, hard rock/metal, R&B, funk, jam-band, singer/songwriter, Texas swing, Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans based music, and several Latin styles.