Ryan Christianson was born to a musical family in Grand Forks, ND and began playing trombone at an early age. He currently lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, Sarah, where he freelances in various settings with groups ranging from New Orleans style brass bands and big bands to chamber groups and symphony orchestras. In addition to his freelance work, Ryan recently joined the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra after winning the position of principal Trombone. Prior to living in Chicago, Ryan was an active freelance musician and educator in the Twin Cities area. There, he performed and recorded with creative projects including the McNasty Brass Band and Nooky Jones, as well as with national acts such as Lorie Line and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. In 2014, Ryan was selected as a finalist in the International Trombone Association's Carl Fontana Competition; in
2012, he received honorable mention in the Kai Windingin the Kai
Winding Competition. Ryan graduated with a B.M. in Trombone
Performance from the University of Minnesota.