BM- DePaul University
MM- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chicago Native Ryan Hobbs is a busy freelance musician and teacher, and joined the
Music Faculty of Illinois Wesleyan in 2020. He is a regular member the Northbrook
Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of Northside Brass. He is also the founder
and owner of Northside Brass Music Co.- a Chicago based live music and contracting
company. Ryan maintains a very busy performance schedule and as a classical player
has performed with: Chicago Sinfonettia, Music Theater Works (Formerly Light Opera
Works), Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Orchestra,
Orchestra of St. John Cantius Church, Oistrach Symphony (Chicago), Elmhurst Symphony
Orchestra, UW-Milwaukee Faculty Brass Quintet, International Chamber Artists (Chicago)
Paderewski Symphony (Chicago), The Millar Brass Ensemble, Bach-Week Festival (Chicago),
New Philharmonic Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony (Appleton, WI), Present Music Milwaukee,
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Fox Valley Orchestra (Aurora, IL), Peoria Symphony
Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra (MI), Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (IA),
Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Ryan was seen
on PBS performing for a Parkinson’s Benefit called “Ethan Bortnick- The Power of Music”.
Featured on the same benefit were Damien McGinty from the hit T.V. show "Glee", and
grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit.
As a commercial player Ryan has performed with Dennis DeYoung and “Styx”, Doc Severinson
and his Big Band, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He has also performed in countless
Broadway shows around Chicago including recent performances of “Anything Goes”, “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”, “Hunchback of
Notre Dame” (Music Theater Works) and “I left my Heart- A tribute to Tony Bennett” (Mercury Theatre Chicago), “In The Heights”, “Gypsy” (Porchlight Theater), “Funny Girl” at the Skokie Theatre, and “Hair”, “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to
the Forum” Metropolis Performing Arts Center.
Finally, Ryan is passionate about music education and maintains an active private
studio in the Chicago-land area with over 50 private students. He is currently the
trumpet instructor at Elgin Community College, Neuqua Valley High School, Metea Valley
High School, Geneva High School and Elgin Larkin High School. He has also taught at
St. Xavier University in Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Birch Creek
Music Camp in Door County, Wisconsin.
Ryan studied trumpet with Will Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Matt Lee (DePaul
University), Kevin Hartman (University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee), John Rommel (Indiana
University), and Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler (Northwestern University). He lives
in Geneva with his wife Molly, daughter’s Emma and Claire, and dog Bernie.