ABOUT RYAN GABBART

Ryan Gabbart is a freelance trombonist and educator located in Houston, TX. Since he was in high school, Ryan has consistently worked as a professional musician, playing everything from jazz music in big bands and combos to the classical repertoire, as well as working in a variety of rock, pop, funk and ska bands.

Ryan is the former Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music (2008-13). He received his bachelor's degree in trombone performance (2006) and master's degree in music theory (2008) at the Moores School.

Ryan has been a member of Boomtown Brass Band, the Suspects, Clouseaux, The Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, Idol Gossip, Fried Ice Cream, and Thomas Helton's Tribute & Birth of the Cool projects; he has also performed with Michael Brecker, Wayne Bergeron, Diane Schuur, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, and several other notable jazz figures.

In addition to performing, Ryan's background in music education includes instruction in music theory, performance practice, ensemble direction, jazz history, arranging techniques and private instruction. He has performed numerous clinics and masterclasses throughout the greater Houston area.