Ryan Leppich

Drummer | Band Leader | Composer | Arranger

ABOUT RYAN

At age 22, drummer Ryan Leppich has had the privilege and honor of playing or recording projects with the likes of Benny Golson, David Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bob Sheppard, Alex Sipiagin, Sheila Jordan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. His instrumental maturity and personality contradict his young age, and Ryan emanates a high level of confidence, promise, and commitment to the art form he loves.

Ryan's most recent project was the recording Side Two, released on April 18th 2019, with pianist and good friend Spencer Zweifel. The first full-length release from Spencer features original compositions and arrangements in many different styles, and continues in the tradition of the great piano trios from the past.

Ryan also leads his own trio, playing original compositions from members of the group, and arrangements of classic jazz standards. The trio, with Tom Amend on Piano and Seth Lewis on Bass, have strong roots in the jazz tradition, and have enjoyed sharing their music regularly throughout Colorado, as well as their most recent tour through Seattle last year. The Ryan Leppich Trio plans to record their first album later in 2019.

Ryan recently finished his Bachelor’s Degree of Music Performance: Drum Set Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also received Cum Laude Honors. As a part of the world-renowned collegiate jazz ensemble, the UNC Vanguard Combo was most recently named the winner of the Graduate Small Jazz Combo in the 42nd annual Downbeat Student Music Awards. Ryan was also a part of the Marc Schwartz Qunitet in the same category. These are just two of ten awards Ryan has been fortunate enough to receive at UNC, and he contributed to five other awards students at UNC earned. (More info on awards and recognition can be found below.)

As a part of UNC's Jazz Lab Band 1, Ryan performed the live premier of The Romeo and Juliet Project in 2017. This special suite of music was a musical re-imagination of the classic Shakespeare play, commissioned just for UNC under the direction of Dana Landry. In 2018, Lab 1 performed another musical re-imagination, this time of the story of Alice In Wonderland.

At the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in 2018, Lab 1 in conjuncture with the All Angles Orchestra performed an exhilarating tribute to the Brecker Brothers, featuring Bob Sheppard and Randy Brecker. This music can be heard on a very special album that Ryan recorded with the All Angles Orchestra in 2017 called “New Angle.” Featuring a 15-piece hybrid ensemble with strings, woodwinds, brass, rhythm and percussion, the album showcased special guests Alex Sipiagin and Kenyon Brenner.

At the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in 2019, Lab 1 performed a tribute to Recorded Jazz in 1959, where Ryan was able to play alongside jazz legend Benny Golson. The music included new arrangements of 1959 staples, and a set of Benny Golson’s music with the legend himself.

Having a mentor and role model is something very important to a musician’s development and improvement, and Ryan considers himself very fortunate to have known the legendary drummer Jeff Hamilton for so long. Their relationship began when Ryan was only 14, and has continued strong to this day. From working intimately in a trio setting, to private lessons, and even performing a brush duet with Jeff, Ryan credits a lot of his growth to Mr. Hamilton. Ryan is also grateful to have been able to study privately with drummers like Jim White, Chris Smith, Garey Williams, and Bryan Carter.

From Ryan: “Thank you to everyone who has helped me develop as a musician, and person throughout my life and career. I am grateful to be where I am thanks to you! Here’s to more peace, love and music.”


MUSIC Awards and Recognition

2019 - Graduate Small Jazz Combo Winner, UNC Vanguard Combo, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2019 - Graduate Outstanding Performance, Marc Schwartz Quintet, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2019 - Outstanding Student Musician, University of Northern Colorado, School of Music, Jazz Studies
2019 - Recognized Performer, UNC Lab Band 1, Jazz Education Network Conference, Reno
2018 - Graduate Large Jazz Ensemble Winner, The All Angles Orchestra, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2018 - Graduate Large Jazz Ensemble Winner, UNC Lab Band 1, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2018 - Recognized Performer, UNC Vanguard Combo, Jazz Education Network Conference, New Orleans
2018 - Recognized Performer, UNC Vocal Lab, Jazz Education Network Conference, New Orleans
2017 - Graduate Large Jazz Ensemble Winner, UNC Lab Band 1, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2017 - Recognized Performer, UNC Lab Band 1, Jazz Education Network Conference, Dallas
2015 - Louis Armstrong Award, Outstanding Musicianship and Leadership (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2015 - Most Outstanding, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2015 - Letter Award, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2015 - WMEA All-Northwest Honors, Jazz Drum Set
2015 - NAfME All-Northwest Jazz Band
2015 - Sweepstakes Award, Newport Jazz Festival, (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2015 - First Alternate Snare Drum, SKMEA Regional Solo and Ensemble
2014 - Letter Award, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2014 - Music Works Northwest Honor Jazz Band, Jazz Drum Set
2014 - Outstanding Jazz Musician, Clark College Jazz Festival
2014 - 3rd Place, Swing Central Jazz Festival, (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2013 - Director’s Award, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2013 - Letter Award, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2013 - Music Works Northwest Honor Jazz Band, Jazz Drum Set
2012 - Most Improved, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2012 - Letter Award, Jazz Ensemble 1 (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2012 - Outstanding Soloist, Essentially Ellington
2012 - Outstanding Rhythm Section, Essentially Ellington, (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2012 - 5th Place, Essentially Ellington, (Mountlake Terrace High School)
2011 - Sno-King Music Educators Award, Percussion Trio (Brier Terrace Middle School)


Awards ryan Contributed to

2019 - Graduate Original Composition Winner, Greg Weis, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2019 - Outstanding Arrangement, Greg Weis, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2019 - Undergraduate Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner, Lauren Johnston, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2019 - Graduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble Winner, UNC Vocal Lab, Downbeat Student Music Awards
2018 - Graduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble Winner, UNC Vocal Lab, Downbeat Student Music Awards

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