Ryan is Lafayette Music's service coordinator, working in close connection with area band directors to facilitate band repairs, purchases, and deliveries.
A native of Cut Off, LA, Ryan earned a BA of Instrumental Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with trumpet as his primary
instrument. While at UL-Lafayette, Ryan performed with the University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Orchestra, Ragin Brass, Jazz Ensemble, and
Jazz Combo #1. Locally, he was also a member of The Picardy Birds and Silent Noon. He has performed across the country and abroad, including performances
with Grammy nominee Marcia Ball and Grammy winners Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet. Ryan also spent several years on the podium as a band director
at South Lafourche High School, Golden Meadow Middle School, Larose Cut Off Middle School, Galliano Elementary School, Golden Meadow Upper Elementary
School, St. Thomas More Catholic High School, and most recently, at Catholic High School - New Iberia.
Currently, Ryan plays with the GTO Party Band and freelances for weddings and other events. Aside from performance, Ryan is the director of the recently
formed Jazz Jeunesse d'Acadie, a community youth jazz initiative geared at bringing jazz music to high school students in the Acadiana region.
He studies annually at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, having worked closely with such renowned jazz artists and educators as Wynton Marsalis,
Rodney Whitaker, Terell Stafford, Ron Carter, Reggie Thomas, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, and Sherman Irby.
Ryan is married to Katie Langford Dufrene, an elementary school administrator in Iberia Parish. They live in Broussard with their chihuahua-mix Louis,
named after Louis Armstrong, of course.