School of Music

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 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.