Ryan Sheehan, Director & Founder
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 a graduate of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University. Ryan studied saxophone under Dr. Michael Dean at the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and under Prof. Michael Karpowicz at the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University. Working professionally since the age of 16 he has performed in nearly every state and several countries.
Notable artists Ryan has shared the stage 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 among others.