Ryan Janus studied at Hope College (B.Mus. in music performance and B.A. in Mathematics) and the University of South Florida (M.Mus. in Jazz Studies). He was a two-time concerto competition winner at Hope, and he received the Outstanding Artist award for all Fine Arts departments. While at USF, Ryan performed regularly with the bands at Disney World and Busch Gardens. He then taught saxophone, jazz and music theory at Hope College.
Ryan was also on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Aquinas Jazz Camp. He has performed with many notable jazz and pop names, including Sammy Nestico, Barry Manilow, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Temptations, Bob Newhart, Martin Short, Phil Woods, and Michael Brecker. Ryan has played in the pit orchestras to over 30 shows, including several national touring companies.
As a classical saxophonist, he has premiered new sax concertos with the Holland and Long Beach Symphonies, and has been featured in international saxophone conventions as a soloist and with his brother, award-winning percussionist Matthew Janus. He has commissioned several new works, including sax concertos by Pulitzer laureate Lewis Spratlan and Chicago Symphony composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas.
Ryan plays principal saxophone for the USAF Academy Band’s concert band and Falconaires jazz band.