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Ryan Heinlein recently completed coursework for his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at The University of Missouri- Kansas City. He holds a BM and MM in trombone performance from Wichita State University. He began playing trombone at the age of eleven and has been playing professionally since the age of fifteen.
As a performer, Ryan is known as one of the most versatile trombonists in the Kansas City area and has quickly become a first call musician for all genres. Ryan performs regularly with the Marcus Lewis Big Band, The Band That Saved the World and Next Level Live. He has also performed with The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, The Northland Symphony, Parranderos Latin Combo, Julian Vaughn, Michael Feinstein, the Tommy Dorsey orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra and can be seen playing with other area rock, reggae, funk, R&B and hip-hop acts. Ryan studied with Russ Widener, JoDee Davis, Paul McKee and Steve Dekker.
As a composer, Ryan’s main focus is The Project H, a seven-piece fusion group playing all original music that can be seen at area jazz clubs, bars and festivals. The group recently won the Pitch Music award for “Best Jazz Ensemble.” Ryan has also writes and arranges music for area high schools, colleges, and professional groups.
As an educator, Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Johnson County Community College where he directs the concert band, jazz band, pep band and small ensembles. He also teaches jazz improvisation, history and ear training. Ryan is also the former director of instrumental music at The Independent School in Wichita, Kansas. He regularly gives clinics and masterclasses to middle school, high school and colleges throughout Kansas and Missouri. Ryan has held adjunct music instructor positions at Butler Community College, Avila University, Ottawa University and Friends University.