Ryan Sheehan, Director & Founder
24 year old saxophonist, clarinetist and band leader Ryan Sheehan got his start as a street entertainer in downtown St. Louis. He is the founder of The St. Louis Big Band and is a graduate of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University. Notable artists that Ryan has performed with include 4 time Grammy Award winning percussionist and composer Glen Velez, 3 time Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen, 2 time Grammy Award winning pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy, retired Airman of Note music director/ saxophonist Joe Eckert, vocalist Hugh Smith of the Metropolitan Opera, The Canadian Brass, and The Rebirth Brass Band.
Ryan has studied saxophone under the instruction of Dr. Michael Dean at the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University and under Prof. Michael Karpowicz at the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University. Performing professionally since the age of 16 he has previously performed in nearly every major venue in the greater St. Louis area including Powell Symphony Hall, The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Touhill Performing Arts Center, The Casa Loma Ballroom, The Chesterfield Amphitheater, The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, The Tivoli Theatre, The Edward Jones Dome, Busch Stadium, The Coronado Ballroom, and The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. His professional affiliations include The International Clarinet Association and The National Association for Music Education. His major influence is band leader Gordon Goodwin.