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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Dr. Ryan Sharp is currently Associate 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.  Ryan 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, Ryan 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 over 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


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

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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