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Ryan Sharp, D.M.A., is currently a professor of trumpet at the University of Central Oklahoma, artistic director of the Frontier Brass Band and soprano cornetist of the Fountain City Brass Band. Sharp enjoys an active performing schedule spanning many genres such as solo, chamber, orchestral, jazz, salsa and pop. He has enjoyed performances with the Kansas City Symphony, Mahlerfest Symphony Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Temptations and Four Tops, as well as extensive national and international conference performances such as the Midwest Conference, International Trumpet Guild Regional Conference, International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Jazz Educators Network and the William Adam International Trumpet Seminar. In addition to live music, Sharp has recorded with many gospel artists including on Marvin Sapp’s Grammy-nominated album Be Exalted. From January 2003 to July 2005, Ryan was the lead trumpeter of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus performing across the United States and Mexico for more than 15 million people. He has performed in concerts, festivals and master classes in Greece, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland and Japan.

Classes Taught

  • Applied Trumpet
  • Brass Chamber Ensembles
  • Jazz Ensemble III
  • Brass Pedagogy
  • Brass Literature
  • Symphonic Band Assistant Director 
  • Symphony Orchestra Winds Instructor 

Education and Certifications

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance - 2012
  • Master of Music, Oklahoma City University - 2008
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Central Oklahoma - 2002


Honors and Awards

  • 2019 - U.S. Open Brass Band Championships - Best Solo Cornet with the Frontier Brass Band 
  • 2019 - U.S. Open Brass Band Championships - Best Featured Soloist with the Frontier Brass Band  
  • 2018 - Gateshead MBC Trophy for Best Soprano Cornet - Brass in Concert Championships, Gateshead, England
  • 2018 - International Trumpet Guild Regional Conference - featured soloist with Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra and the Frontier Brass Band
  • 2017 - Gateshead MBC Trophy for Best Soprano Cornet - Brass in Concert Championships, Gateshead, England
  • 2013 - Outstanding University Jazz Educator - Oklahoma Jazz Educators
  • 2012 - "Outstanding Cornetist of the Day" - U.S. Open Brass Band Championships
  • 2017, 2015, 2010, 2009 North American Brass Band Championships winner - Fountain City Brass Band, soprano cornet

Professional and Community Involvement

  • ENKOR International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences, adjudicator
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Oklahoma Jazz Educators
  • North American Brass Band Association

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