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Ryan Smith


Ryan Smith Drums

Ryan is a passionate performer and educator based in Kansas City where he performs with original jazz quartet dreamachine. He also serves as a recording engineer at UMKC. 

While living in Iowa, Ryan taught jazz and marching percussion at West Branch High School. He also performed with Johnson County Landmark, the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble, Mina Jazz Quartet, and other groups across the state. 

He holds a B.B.A. from The University of Iowa and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Music at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ryan has had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Francisco Mora Catlett, Clay Jenkins, and Dave Hagedorn. Ryan has studied with John Kizilarmut, James Dreier, Michael Tooles, and Tom Corrao. 

Some of Ryan’s favorite artists are Cory Wong, Dafnis Prieto, Joni Mitchell, and Lawrence. When not teaching, playing, or recording music, he enjoys catching up on Formula 1 races, swimming, and making the perfect sunny-side-up egg.