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 currently performs and tours regularly with WhiteWater Ramble. This original band brands itself as “high octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass”. He also performs with Phour Point O, Colorado’s most well-renowned Phish tribute band.


Ryan has a weekly Monday night residency in Denver with Godjammit performing a variety of original and cover songs. 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 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 include:

  • Bo Diddley (rock legend),
  • Peter Rowan (bluegrass legend),
  • C.J. Chenier (zydeco legend),
  • Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident)
  • Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon)
  • Billy Branch (Chicago Blues Legend)
  • Andy Frasco and The U.N.
  • Damon Fowler
  • Andy Irvine (bassist and clinician)
  • Bonnie and the Clydes
  • Matt Flaherty
  • Harmonious Junk
  • Dead Zone
  • Pete Kartsounes
  • 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
  • Junction 8
  • Flambeau
  • Huge In Germany
  • Stereomaid

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.