Ryan Hamilton Biography

Ryan Hamilton – Trombone

Ryan Hamilton is a former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and is currently a member and soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard as a soloist on their latest recording, Come Together.


He is also a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Yumbambe, as well as his own octet, Such Sweet Thunder, featuring his arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn. In addition, he performs in the pit orchestras of Broadway Columbus; has shared the stage with such performers as Frankie Valli, Bill Dobbins, Johnny Mathis, Spoon, the Temptations, Jiggs Whigham, and the O’Jays; and world tours with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. You can hear him as a featured soloist on Andrew Hartman and Still Motion, in addition to recordings by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wet Darlings, New Basics Brass Band, Jesse Henry, and the Famous Jazz Orchestra.


As an educator, he teaches jazz studies and jazz trombone at Capital University and low brass and jazz history at Denison University. He is also the director of the Columbus Youth Jazz Studio, a selective ensemble for high school age jazz musicians and is on faculty for the Jazz Labs Dayton Camp. Previous teaching positions include at Kenyon College, Otterbein University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and as jazz faculty at Music For All’s Summer Symposium.


Ryan is a two-time alumnus of Capital University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in music performance and a master’s degree in music education, jazz pedagogy emphasis.