Ryan Pride is currently the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director for Katy High School in Katy, TX, and a front ensemble instructor for Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Originally from Pflugerville, TX, Ryan holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Texas State University. He has worked with programs in Texas and Georgia, including Dripping Springs High School, San Marcos High School, Hendrickson High School, Mabry Middle School, Lassiter High School, Centennial High School, Allatoona High School, and the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jacket Band. In 2012, Ryan moved back to his home state, taking a position at James E. Pearce College Preparatory Academy, a struggling middle school in Austin, TX, where he helped the band program expand and achieve highest ratings in over ten years. He also founded Off the Left, a percussion group out of Austin, TX (currently known as Solstice Percussion), which performed at the Texas State Percussion Camp Concert in June of 2013 with guest artists Kari Klier and Murray Gusseck.
Ryan marched with the 2005 and 2006 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and in 2007 began his corps teaching experience as the quad tech for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2008 and 2009, he took the percussion caption head position at Memphis Sound, and later helped found Forte of Grand Prairie, TX in 2010. Ryan worked with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the Assistant Caption Head/Quad tech in 2011 and 2012. Ryan joined the staff of the Phantom Regiment in 2015 as a front ensemble instructor. Ryan also served as front ensemble instructor for the WGI independent world group, Odyssey Percussion Theatre (2010-2011) and the WGI World Class Finalist Gateway Independent (2012). He also played quads with the Atlanta Falcons Drumline from 2009 to 2012.
In addition to teaching, Ryan is an active composer and arranger. He has written for many programs in Texas, Mississippi, and Georgia. A full list can be viewed on his website: www.pridepercussion.com. Ryan endorses Dynasty and Innovative Percussion products. He is an Honorary Member of the fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmaster's Association. He lives in Houston with his wife, Dr. Kate Harper, and their beautiful son, Emerson.