Ryan W. holds a BA in Music with an emphasis in Performance, Composition, and Recording Arts. Raised in San Diego, California, Ryan's musical career began by playing tenor saxophone under the direction of Steve Steinberg and playing guitar in various rock and roll groups. Ryan began his formal percussion training at Cal Poly under Dr. John Astaire and during this time showed an interest in music composition. He then became a composition student under Dr. Meredeth Brammeier and Dr. Craig Russell. Ryan has composed music for Cal Poly including the Mustang Athletics Football Kickoff music, as well as various Cal Poly videos including the Mustang Mascot Teaser, and the Cal Poly Proud Ad campaign. He also scored the groundbreaking film "A Life Facing Bars, A Gang Prevention Documentary" that was premiered in theaters and schools around the central coast. In 2014, his concert piece "Sprint" was premiered by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Andrew McMahan. Ryan continues to compose for film and owns a recording studio in San Diego, CA.