- M.M., Trombone Performance, University of Washington
- B.M.E., Pacific Lutheran University
Ryan Wagner graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education and the University of Washington with a Master’s of Trombone Performance. He is an active performer and educator throughout Washington state with extensive performance experience in classical, jazz, and pop music. He is Principal Trombonist of Olympia Symphony, Federal Way Symphony and Seattle Rock Orchestra. He is also the trombonist for Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Since 2000 Ryan has been an active freelance musician throughout the state of Washington performing with groups such as Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Ballet, Yakima Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera Northwest, and Bellevue Philharmonic. He has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and is a founding member of the Left Coast Brass, and Oly Chamber Brass.
Ryan is also in demand as an educator. In addition to maintaining a private low brass studio, he is Lecturer of Trombone at Pacific Lutheran University and is also on faculty at Saint Martin’s University teaching the trombone studio and brass pedagogy. As an active clinician, he has presented on trombone pedagogy at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference, the National Association for Music Education Northwest Conference, as well as the Green River Music Educators Association Fall In-service. Additionally, Ryan frequently serves as a regional solo and ensemble adjudicator throughout Washington state. Ryan has also served on the faculty of Northwest University in Kirkland, as well as Tacoma Community College, and also taught elementary band for 6 years in the Puyallup School district.