Ryan Hobbs

Ryan Hobbs smiles while posing with his trumpetBM- DePaul University
MM- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Chicago Native Ryan Hobbs is a busy freelance musician and teacher, and joined the faculty of
Illinois Wesleyan in 2020. He is a founding member of Northside Brass, an award-winning Brass Quintet
based in Chicago. In 2019 Northside Brass put out its first full length album called “Christmas Carols for
Brass” that has been featured on air multiple times on 98.7 WFMT Classical Radio Chicago, and was
ranked #8 on their list of “Top 10 new Holiday Albums of 2019”. From 2015-2020 Ryan was a member of
the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet. He also maintains an active performance
schedule having performed with: Chicago Sinfonietta, Omaha Symphony and Brass Quintet, Chicago
Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Orchestra,
Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sugar Creek Opera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Music Theatre Works,
Orchestra of St. John Cantius Church, Oistrach Symphony (Chicago), Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, UWMilwaukee 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”. Ryan has performed under the baton of renowned conductors: Joseph Kreines, Mei-Ann Chen, Ken Lam, Cliff Colnot, Thomas Wilkins, Joseph Giunta and Richard Webster.

As a commercial/jazz player Ryan has performed with Dennis DeYoung and “Styx”, Doc Severinson and his Big Band, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jazz Vocalist Jane Monheit, and Damien McGinty from Glee and Irish Thunder. And he has 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” and “I left my Heart- A tribute to Tony Bennett”, “In The Heights”, “Gypsy” “Funny Girl” at the Skokie Theatre, and “Hair”, “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.

Finally, Ryan is passionate about music education and maintains an active private studio in the Chicago-land area with over 50 private students. In addition to Illinois Wesleyan University Ryan is professor of trumpet at Elgin Community College, Neuqua Valley High School, Metea Valley High School, Geneva High School and Elgin Larkin High School. Previously he 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.p