Meet Ryan Hobbs 


BM- DePaul University-2006

MM- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-2009


Ryan is adjunct professor of trumpet at Elgin Community College, and plays 2nd trumpet with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2015.  As a Classical Freelancer Ryan has performed with many groups including: the Chicago Sinfoniettia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John Cantius, Ilinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Tower Chorale, Chicago's "Bach-Week" Festival Orchestra, Apollo Chorus, UW-Milwaukee Faculty Brass Quintet, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Millar Brass Ensemble, International Chamber Artists Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony (Chicago), Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (Appleton, WI), Present Music Milwaukee, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (3rd Trumpet 2013-2014 Season), Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.  

           As a Jazz/Commercial Player Ryan has performed with Dennis DeYong and "Styx", The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Doc Severinson and his Big Band.  In 2013 Ryan performed with Ethan Bortnick (child piano prodigy) for an internationally televised PBS fundraiser called “Ethan Bortnick- The Power of Music".  Ryan has performed with Damien McGinty from the hit T.V. show "Glee", and grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit.  He has  also performed in countless Broadway show pit orchestras around Chicago including: "Anything Goes", "How to Succeed in Business without really trying", "Hunchback of Notre Dame" at Music Theater Works in Evanston (Formerly Light Opera Works), "In the Heights" with Porchlight Theater Chicago, "I left my Heart, a Tribute to Tony Bennett" at the Mercury Theater Chicago, and "Hair" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center

          Finally, Ryan is passionate about music education and maintains an active private teaching studio throughout the Chicago-land area providing lessons at: Geneva High School, Neuqua Valley High School, Metea Valley High School and Elgin Larkin High School. He also teaches from his home in Geneva.

Ryan's Teachers:

  • Kevin Hartman- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Mark Niehaus- Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Ret.)

  • Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler- Northwestern University

  • John Hagstrom- DePaul University/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Matt Lee- DePaul University

  • John Rommel- Indiana University

  • Will Scarlett- Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Ret.)

Trumpet Voluntary - J. Clarke
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Listen to Ryan Play:

Rondeau - J.J. Mouret
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Autumn Leaves - J. Mercer
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""Abblasen Fanfare" by Gottfried Reiche 

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© 2023 by Ryan Hobbs. 

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