Ryan Wagner

Ryan Wagner holds a trombone

Adjunct, Music


Ryan Wagner is an active performer and educator throughout Washington state with extensive performance experience in classical, jazz, and pop music. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education and the University of Washington with a Master’s of Trombone Performance. Ryan is Principal Trombonist of Olympia Symphony, Federal Way Symphony and Seattle Rock Orchestra. He is also the trombonist for Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Since 2000 Ryan has been an active freelance musician throughout the state of Washington performing with groups such as Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Ballet, Yakima Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera Northwest, and Bellevue Philharmonic. He has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and is a founding member of the Left Coast Brass, and Oly Chamber Brass. Ryan is also in demand as an educator. In addition to maintaining a private low brass studio, he is adjunct trombone professor at Saint Martin’s University and Lecturer of Trombone at Pacific Lutheran University. As an active clinician, he has presented on trombone pedagogy at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference, the National Association for Music Education Northwest Conference, as well as the Green River Music Educators Association Inservice. Additionally, Ryan frequently serves as a regional solo and ensemble adjudicator throughout Washington state. Ryan has also served on the faculty of Northwest University in Kirkland, as well as Tacoma Community College, and also taught elementary band for 6 years in the Puyallup School district.