Arts & Culture

LA Drummer Ryan Brown to Present Clinic at UK

photo of Ryan Brown playing drums in Amsterdam
Ryan Brown

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2017) Ryan Brown, a professional drummer and percussionist with multiple tour, recording and film credits, will present a Drum Set Clinic 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Room 107 of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building. The clinic is free and open to the public.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Ryan Brown is the drummer for Dweezil Zappa and plays with local bands The Young Royals, Black Belt Karate, SexTapes, AM/FM, The Fuxedos and Madras, as well as in the bands of artists Arrica Rose, Karem Malicki-Sanchez, Colin Armstrong, Josh Canova, Space Oddity and rapper J Naugh-T.

Brown has toured with Taiwanese pop star Chyi-Chin and LA bands OWL and Ultraviolet, performed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” with Ingrid Michaelson and played the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland with rhythm and blue artist Niki Haris. He has recorded tracks and albums with producers Marti Frederiksen, Mark Hudson, Mikal Reid, Russ Irwin, Rob Seals, Glen Laughlin, Rob Shrock, Brian Dobbs, Klaus Derendorf, Brian Paturalski, Billy Morrison, Larry Crane and David Weisberg, including the hit single “The Real Thing” from Bo Bice.

In addition, Brown can be heard on releases by such popular acts as Foreigner, Circus Diablo, Hannah Montana, Clay Aiken, Cassie Davis, Nick Lachey, Jesse McCartney, Heather Graham, Suzie McNeil and Stephanie McIntosh, as well as on the movie soundtracks for “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Dark Knight.” He’s performed on recordings with Alex Lifeson, Earl Slick, Elliot Easton and Rudy Sarzo. Brown has also appeared as a sideline musician in numerous TV shows and movies, including “Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End,” “Desperate Housewives,” “JAG” and “Samantha Who?”

Brown plays all styles of music, including rock, R&B, jazz, ska, funk, blues, folk and country. He is on the drum faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, and teaches private lessons as well. A native of Denver, Colorado, he has played drums and percussion since he was 11 years old. Brown holds bachelor’s degrees in jazz studies and percussion from Indiana University.

This Drum Set Clinic with Ryan Brown is sponsored by the UK Percussion Studio, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, DW Drums, Humes & Berg cases and SABIAN Cymbals.

For more information on how to participate in the Drum Set Clinic with Ryan Brown, email inquiries to Professor James Campbell, director of UK Percussion Studies, at j.b.campbell@uky.edu.

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.  

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue