Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher who moved back to Arizona in 2010. He is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University teaching Jazz Trombone and he was the interim Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University from 2011-2012. A former student of Tom Ervin and Roy Main, he has a Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University.
During his 20-year career with the United States Air Force, Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble based at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and promotional videos by premier ensembles that include the Falconaires and the Airmen of Note, as well as Air Force Concert Bands, brass ensembles, and rock bands. Ryan has performed as a featured artist and premiered his music at international music conferences, jazz festivals, and before audiences in every corner of the United States.
Ryan has composed and arranged an extensive list of published music for jazz ensemble, little big band, brass ensemble, concert band, and various trombone and tuba/euphonium ensembles, available through Walrus Music publishing (WalrusMusic.com) and Potenza Music (JustForBrass.com). He was also a runner-up in the 2011 Texas Tech trombone ensemble composition contest. A Sea Breeze Jazz recording artist, Ryan composed an 8-movement suite for big band entitled “The Sky Blue Suite” and debuted it on his recording “To the Sky” in 2001. His follow-up recordings with the Ryan Haines Big Band, “New Horizons” and “People and Places”, received critical acclaim internationally. Jazz industry reviewers frequently use phrases such as: “world-class”, “stellar”, “exciting”, “amazing” and “as good as it gets” to describe his trombone playing and writing style.