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Ryan Stohs

In his own words...
Let’s just say I’ve been drumming for a long, long time...

I was brought up in a drum corps family and remember being plopped down in front of the drum line, sitting there for hours at a time. It was definitely my form of day care. While my Dad was out teaching the horns, he could rest assured that I’d be wherever he could hear the drums. I was hooked all the way back then and here I am today, still hooked, offering my music to world...

... but a lot has happened between then and now:

It all started in the 1986 Drum Corps season, the first year that I started marching drum corps. Up to that point I was a spectator, just a kid who liked to bang on things. All of a sudden I was given a pair of cymbals and a specific part to play with The Patriots Drum Corps from Rochester, NY. I just loved it! I marched with them for 8 years total, starting at 10 years old in the summer between 4th and 5th grade. In what feels like a blur, I had graduated high school, turned 18, and had become the center snare of The Patriots drum line. Then I moved to California.

Following my interest in music, I came out to San Jose, CA for two reasons: to study with Anthony J. Cirone (Tony as we all knew him), and to march in the Santa Clara Vanguard. For the next four years that’s exactly what I did. While I pursued a music degree at SJSU, I marched in the Santa Clara Vanguard snare line in 1994, played bass drum in the award-winning 1995 SCV bass line, and then became the center snare/section leader of Vanguard’s drum line in 1996 and 1997. At the same time, I was also fortunate enough to be able to teach and march with The San Jose State Marching Band. It’s there that I really learned how to write for drum lines and percussion sections.

Since that point in my life, I’ve worked as a professional drummer, written and taught for dozens of drum lines throughout the country, I got married, and have helped bring 2 amazing kids into this world. I continue to play, write, and teach drums every day. I truly hope my music inspires you and brings enjoyment to your performance.

Lastly, I should probably list off and thank a few of the people who taught and inspired me: Bill McGrath Jr., Tony Cirone, Scott Pierson, Lee Rudnicki, Murray Gusseck, Kent Cater, Jim Casella, Dave Gary, Dave Reeves, Ralph Hardimon, and Glen Crosby.

Comments from D'Rumpus
We are so happy to be bringing Ryan’s music to you. When you listen to it you can tell there was a lot of effort put into it. There are intelligent subtleties, bold presentations, interplay... it’s all there! Ryan's style is very well balanced; it's smart but fun, beefy yet still smooth and playable, and simply put, it grooves. Check it out, we think you’ll be as impressed as we are.


  • John Philip Sousa Award 1993 (P)
  • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award 1993 (P)
  • New York All-State Symphonic Band 1993 (P)
  • DCI I&E 1995 Bass Drum Ensemble Champion (P)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Line Section Leader 1996, 1997 (P)


  • Canandaigua Academy (P) (M)
  • Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps (P)
  • San Jose State University Marching Band (P) (E) (M)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (P)
  • Gilroy High School (E) (M)
  • Elkins High School (E)
  • Sugar Land Middle School (E)
  • Mountain View High School (E) (M)
  • West Coast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (E) (M)
  • Centennial High School (E) (M)
  • Los Altos High School (E) (M)
  • Arroyo High School (M)
  • Webster High School (E) (M)



Compositions by Ryan Stohs

D'Rumpus - Strange Purple Orangoutans by Ryan Stohs

Strange Purple Orangoutans

by Ryan Stohs


One of Santa Clara Vanguard's bass cadences, need we say more?

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D'Rumpus - I Wanna Hot Dog by Ryan Stohs

I Wanna Hot Dog

by Ryan Stohs


Is your line looking for a beefy street beat? Look no further.

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