Ryan began playing guitar at the age of 15. Ryan studied guitar with Harley Hamm throughout high school before attending Northeastern State University for music. Ryan graduated from NSU with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies in December 2016.
Ryan has had guest performances with Doc Severinsen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Dave Pietro while in the NSU Jazz Ensemble. He currently gigs with The Michael Rappe Quartet and Quahlity Vibes. Ryan also plays bass, and is currently studying with Jim Bates of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.