B i o g r a p h y
Ryan McCausland is a freelance drummer and percussionist based out of the New York City Metropolitan area and the Delaware Valley. Working within a wide variety of musical genres including Musical Theatre, Orchestral, Jazz, Contemporary, and Microtonal music, Ryan graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Performance where he studied with Barry Centanni, Min Hye Ju, and Michael Lipsey. Apart from classical study at Montclair, Ryan also had the unique experience of working with Dean Drummond at the Harry Partch Institute while the program was still in residence at the universtity.
Ryan has an extensive background in Musical Theatre having worked with The Surflight Theatre, The Eagle Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, The Barrington Stage Company and The Mayo Performing Arts Center. Ryan is also a member of the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey Orchestra and the Garden State Jazz Orchestra. Since 2015, Ryan has worked as a musician on cruise ships as an orchestra drummer with Royal Caribbean and recently covered the Drum Set book on Mamma Mia. In 2017 Ryan toured with the National Tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage and currently holds the drum chair on the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen.
In addition to his work as a drummer and percussionist, Ryan is also a vocalist and composer. Ryan’s performance of his own piece “Sync” as well as “Aphrodite Nights”, by composer Christopher Opperman are both available on iTunes. “Aphrodite Nights”, a solo work for the Gourd Tree, features one of the original instruments developed by Microtonal composer and theorist, Harry Partch.