Dr. Ryan Chapman is a freelance trumpet player and educator living in Miami, FL. He recently received his D.M.A. in jazz performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He has studied with Chris Howard, Dennis Herrick, Rich Szabo, Jon Faddis, Vincent DiMartino, Ramon Vasquez, Roger Ingram, Sam Pilafian, and Brian Lynch.

Ryan is originally from Montgomery, AL and received his B.M. in performance from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He spent some time performing on cruise ships before earning his M.Ed. from Auburn University. Following Auburn, Ryan taught band and elementary music while freelancing in the greater Atlanta area before moving to Miami to study at the University of Miami.

Recording and TV credits include:

  • Horizons Jazz Orchestra –  Plays the music of Lee Harris “The Brite Side” self produced album, commercially available, released 2020.
  • Ed Calle – Mamblue available at local music stores and at iTunes and Amazon, released June 25, 2015 and won a Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album. 
  • Jeremy Fox – With Love released 2014
    • Private Label
    • Lead Trumpet
  • PBS Special – Jazz and The Philharmonic available as DVD/CD combo released and aired on February 28, 2014, released 2014 on OKeh Records.
  • George Benson – Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole released in 2013
  • Steve Miller- Out of This World to be released
  • Robert Orr – I’m Cooking Gumbo released 2010. 
  • Tierra Cali: Univision Television
    • El Gordo y La Flaca – aired June 20, 2012
    • Despierta America – aired June 21, 2012
  • Kevin Spacey: In Concert with the Henry Mancini Big Band
    • Recorded April 5, 2014 at Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, FL
    • Lead Trumpet
  • Since 1996, Ryan has performed with the following groups:
    • Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Bobby Rydell
    • The Classics
    • The Mystics
    • The Flamingos
    • The Shirelles
    • Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
    • Dennis Edward’s Temptations Review
    • The Rat Pack is Back
    • South Florida Jazz Orchestra
    • Harry James Orchestra (Fred
    • Glenn Miller Orchestra (Larry O’Brien)
    • Peter Graves Orchestra
    • Jazz Band I – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Auburn Knights Orchestra
    • Auburn University Jazz Ensemble
    • Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble I
    • Concert Jazz Band – University of Miami
    • Joe Gransden’s Big Band
    • Jazz Orchestra Atlanta
    • Tempest Little Big Band, playing lead on the album Round Midnight
    • David Brother’s Super Band
    • The Impressions
    • Tierra Cali
    • Mercury Orkestar
    • Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
    • Carnival Cruise Line Orchestras
    • The Usual Suspects
    • The New York Voices
    • Don Juceam Orchestra
    • B.B. King All-Stars
    • Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra

    Since 1996, Ryan has also performed with the following artists:

    • Steve Miller
    • Chick Corea
    • Bobby McFerrin
    • Dave Liebman
    • George Benson
    • Paul Anka
    • Take 6
    • Gordon Goodwin
    • Vince Mendoza
    • Jon Secada
    • Cyrille Aimee
    • Dee Dee Bridgewater
    • Nestor Torres
    • Kenny Loggins
    • Brian Lynch
    • Terence Blanchard
    • Terell Stafford
    • Michael Feinstein
    • Shirley Jones
    • Denyce Graves
    • Eric Owens
    • Lenny White
    • Dave Gruisin
    • Cindy Blackman
    • Terry Lynn Carrington
    • Freddie Cole
    • Chris Martin
    • Michael Martin
    • Eddie Gomez
    • Vincent DiMartino
    • Monica Mancini
    • Dave Douglas
    • Melinda Chatman
    • Annie Sellick
    • Idina Menzel
    • Steve Lippia
    • Rick Michels
    • Michael Amante

One Comment so far:

  1. James Ryon says:

    Dear Dr. Chapman………My name is Jim Ryon, and I am a 78-year-old trombonist. I have been playing professionally all my adulthood. My Masters comes from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and my DMA comes from Catholic University in Washington D.C. I came across your name when I was doing research on the effects of the glottis and trumpet (for me trombone) playing. To tell you a little of my story, I noticed a strange feeling in my playing about 4 years ago. Just a little leakage through the nostrils, but not much of a problem and not often. About 6 weeks ago things completely and suddenly broke down. Any attempt to play was met with air coming out of my nose and discomfort in my sinuses. No sound on the trombone.

    I am retired from professional playing now, but I still want to play for my own use in my own studio. I have been to my doctor, speech pathologist and a new ENT. The latter seemed to have some knowledge in treating trombonists. He said that my glottis has weakened and can no longer move about. Of all the trombone players and teachers whom I know, none have said they were familiar with this. I still have a few years left to play, and I don’t want to lose them.

    So I was wondering, hopefully, that you might have some insight as to how I might work my way through this. For example, how does one intentionally move the glottis which I thought was an involuntary process. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and any help which you could offer would be much appreciated.

    Sincerely and Merry Christmas, Jim Ryon

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