Ryan Shaw began his musical pursuits at the age of five on piano. By age 8, he began studying with Steve Noyd on percussion. After getting his first drum set at the age of 10, he began playing at his church regularly while participating in his school’s Band and Jazz Band. Ryan then moved with his family to San Diego, California where he began attending Poway High School and participating in their Marching and Jazz Bands. He was also selected as the drummer for the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Band in 2013. Ryan is now pursuing his Jazz Studies degree at the University of Southern California, studying under Peter Erskine.
Outside of school, Ryan performs regularly with Gilbert Castellanos and Joshua White, and has had the opportunity to perform with Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney, Graham Dechter, Rob Lockhart, Joshua White, Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford and more. Ryan has also had the opportunity to study with Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, Roy McCurdy, Kevin Kanner, Dan Schnelle, Duncan Moore, Mike Holguin, Bryan Taylor, Lance Beckford, Paul Casey, and Steve Noyd.
“…there’s a great young drummer that just moved from here to L.A., Ryan Shaw. I have never met a musician who’s that serious” ~Gilbert Castellanos (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Willie Jones III, Anthony Wilson, and his own groups)
“...there’s a great young drummer that just moved from here to L.A., Ryan Shaw. I have never met a musician who's that serious” ~Gilbert Castellanos (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Willie Jones III, Anthony Wilson, and his own groups)
￼!“drummer Ryan Shaw's press-rolls dominated the surge of Caravan, assisting [Joel] Wenhardt in creating a more confident solo and perhaps driving [Kyle] Myers toward a delightful ripping squeal into the upper register” ~Robert Bush (San Diego Reader)
!“you’ve got the next Buddy Rich right here!” ~Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg Big Band)