Ryan Sands’s larger mission: to make music in which the technical accomplishment is apparent, but the emotional content is what really matters — expressions of joy, or wistfulness, that everyone can feel” - Brian Slattery

New Haven Independent

Sand's music is both modern, inspired, and filled with an emotional depth only found in those deeply dedicated to the craft.” - A.A. Cristi

— Broadway World

Standing on the edge of tomorrow


Ryan Sands began his musical journey in 2012 and is working to become one of the top on-call musicians.

His emphatic performances have landed him performances with Terell Stafford, Geoffrey Keezer, Wayne Escoffrey, Tamir Hendleman, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, and Jason Marsalis. He holds the drum chair for Christian Sands and Altus. Ryan has performed in the pit of the Ain’t Misbehavin, under the direction of Jeffrey Page, and done music for Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue under the direction of Alphonso Horne.

Ryan’s musical education includes a BA in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and an MA in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. For teaching, he has taught for Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT, and iSchool of Music and Art in Shanghai. He currently teaches private drums at Yale University for their Yale Undergrad Jazz Collective.

Ryan’s recording credits include Christian Sands’ Risin’, Christmas Stories, and his upcoming record in 2024. Altus’ Riot Cycles and Mythos. David Knowles's Blackest Night. Shihai Li’s Inner Rhythm. As a bandleader Ryan released his debut record, Standing On the Edge of Tomorrow, and will be releasing his sophomore record, Forest Road: Live at the Side Door, in 2024.

Ryan currently endorses Canopus Drums and Paiste Cymbals. 

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