A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan Nowlin holds both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He has taught instrumental music for ten years, most recently in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District (Ohio), where he directed the high school wind ensemble, marching band, jazz ensemble, symphonic band, and eighth grade band. Mr. Nowlin was also an instructor in conducting and band scoring at Bowling Green State University and was recently recognized as one of the university’s Accomplished Graduates.
Mr. Nowlin is an active composer and arranger, and has been commissioned to write for beginning through advanced concert band, brass quintet, tuba quartet, horn ensemble, and solo horn and piano. In addition to his many works for concert band and chamber groups, Mr. Nowlin co-authored Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, Teaching Band with Excellence, and Excellence in Theory: Music Theory, Ear Training, and History Workbooks with noted author, composer, and educator, Bruce Pearson. In 2010, Mr. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he currently serves as staff arranger.
Mr. Nowlin’s numerous awards include the James Paul Kennedy Music Achievement Award, the Mark and Helen Kelly Band Award, as well as the Faculty Excellence Award for his work at BGSU. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MENC, ASCAP, and the International Horn Society. He also holds honorary memberships in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.