Ryan Pride is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Colorado-Boulder working towards a Master’s in Percussion Performance and is an active performer and educator in the greater Denver area. Most recently, Ryan was the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director for Katy High School in Katy, TX. This will be his fifth year with Phantom Regiment and first in the role of Battery Coordinator.
Originally from Pflugerville, TX, Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Texas State University. He was worked with numerous programs in Texas and Georgia, including Dripping Springs HS, San Marcos HS, Hendrickson HS, the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jacket Band, Mabry Middle School, Lassiter HS, and Allatoona HS. As a band director, Ryan worked at the James E. Pearce College Preparatory Academy, where he helped expand the music program and achieved the highest UIL ratings in over ten years. He then accepted a position at Katy High School, where his band and percussion program were greatly successful in UIL, TCGC, PASIC, and BOA.
Ryan marched with the 2005 and 2006 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and in 2007 began his corps teaching experience as a Battery Instructor for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Between 2008 and 2010, he took the percussion caption head position at Memphis Sound and later Forte. Ryan went on to work with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the Assistant Caption Head and Battery Instructor in 2011 and 2012. He joined the Front Ensemble staff at Regiment in 2015. In addition to drum corps, Ryan has worked with WGI groups Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, Austin Independent, Gateway Independent, and currently Rise Percussion.
In addition to teaching, Ryan is an active composer and arranger. He has written for many programs in Texas, Mississippi, and Georgia. Ryan is endorsed by Dynasty, Inc. as a Pro Artist, Innovative Percussion, Inc. as an educational artist, is an Honorary Member to the fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi Iota Chapter, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Texas Music Educators Association. He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, Dr. Katie Harper, and son Emerson.