Ryan Summers received his Bachelor’s Degree, in Music, from Appalachian State University in 2001. While attending Appalachian, Ryan became involved with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He performed in both the Baritone and Contra sections and then earned a position on Crown’s Brass Faculty in 2001. In his time at Crown, Ryan was fortunate enough to work alongside an amazing staff, teaching many successful brass sections that won four Jim Ott titles and the 2013 DCI World Championship.
Ryan began teaching Band in the Fall of 2002. His students have been accepted into honor bands at the county, district, and state levels; and have received only Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Adjudication. Concert bands under his direction have earned consistent Superior ratings in Grade III and IV music at both North Carolina Bandmasters’ Association Music Performance Adjudications, and national festivals. The jazz ensembles, under his direction, have received Superior ratings at various festivals including NC Jazz Region MPA.
After several years of teaching, Ryan attended Western Carolina University where he completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Education. At WCU, he taught Brass Pedagogy courses to rising music educators and served as a Graduate Assistant in several other music courses and ensembles including the WCU Symphony Band and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.
Currently, Ryan is the Band Director at Apple Valley Middle School in Hendersonville, NC. He composes and arranges music and assists in show design for several marching bands throughout the United States.
Ryan serves as a clinician for concert and honor bands, and frequently judges band competitions and festivals. Mr. Summers is an active member of the North Carolina Bandmasters’ Association where he currently serves as the President-elect of the Western District, and has served as Chairman of the NCBA Marching Band Committee. His other professional affiliations include the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, as well as Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. He lives in Hendersonville with his wife, Jenny, and children Addison, Alana, Connor, and Jacob.