Ryan Elwood is a drummer, producer, and composer based in Denver, Colorado. During his career he has played at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Gothic Theater as well as at festivals including the Underground Music Showcase and Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.
He has also recorded at some of the best studios in Colorado, including Macy Sound Studios and The Keep in Denver, Swingfingers Recording Studio in Fort Collins, and United Interests Sound Studios in Boulder.
‘Ryan’s remarkable ability to create an intricate dynamic approach to any song he is involved with is truly a rare gift. I have had such a pleasure sharing the stage with him. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that, no matter what, your rhythm section has your back. He is always on time, always shows up prepared and willing to work hard at rehearsals. I appreciate everything about playing with him and would hire him first, always.’ – Jen Korte (singer/songwriter)
Ryan has been a working musician since age fifteen, playing styles as varied as pop, rock, country, folk, R&B, blues, jazz, and theater. He spent several years refining his improvisational skills with jazz artists George Keith and Eric Dorn before joining indie-rock group FaceMan. Since then, Ryan has become an in-demand sideman, performing and recording with artists and bands including the Austin Young Band, Adrienne O, Buckstein, Doug Haywood, Natalie Walker, Craig Haller, and Automatic Iris.
‘It has always been a pleasure working with Ryan. I respect him first as a musician and then as a drummer. He has a solid foundation in harmony, which many drummers lack. I think this makes him more aware of what is going on musically and therefore makes his drumming much more musical.’ – Eric Dorn (jazz guitarist)
In addition to his work on stage and in the studio, Ryan is also an accomplished educator. He has been teaching privately since 2002 and is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Drumsticks, KBrakes, and Humes & Berg Cases.
‘Ryan is a very patient, knowledgeable, and effective teacher. Great with kids!’
– Yvonne Faulkner (parent of student)