Symphonic Band Director
Concert Band 2 Director
Instrumental Techniques Teacher
Ryan Heath is an Assistant Director of Bands at Keller High School in Keller, Texas. He serves as the director of the Symphonic Band, Concert 2 Band, and the Instrumental Ensemble class, as well as the Keller High School Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Keller, Ryan taught at Dawson High School in Pearland, and Oak Ridge High School in Conroe.
Ryan earned his Bachelors of Music from University of Houston, studying conducting with Tom Bennett and David Bertman, and horn with Roger Kaza of the Houston Symphony. During his time at U of H he performed in all of the school’s major ensembles, including 4 years with the Grammy-nominated Moores School Wind Ensemble. In 2004, he became one of the youngest people to ever be selected as drum major for The “Spirit of Houston” Cougar Marching Band at age 19. He served in that capacity for three seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Kevin Borgfelt Leadership Award.
During his time at Dawson, the group was a two-time TMEA Honor Band finalist, as well as a finalist at the 2011 and 2013 UIL 4A State Marching Band Contest. Since joining the staff at Keller High, the marching band has been named a finalist at the 2014 and 2016 UIL 6A State Marching Band Contests and the 2015 Bands of America Grand National Championships. In 2015, the John Philip Sousa Foundation selected Keller to be the 76th band worldwide to receive the prestigious Sudler Shield of Honor. Concert ensembles under Ryan’s direction have received superior ratings at every competitive event attended. The 2016 Keller High School Symphonic Band was name a winner in the Wind Band Honors Project Citation of Excellence competition by the Foundation for Music Education.
Ryan is an active clinician and adjudicator in both the concert and marching activities. He has also been involved in the Drum Corps International community in roles from technician to caption head with several groups, including Guardians, Boston Crusaders, and The Cavaliers.
Ryan’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He resides in Keller, Texas with his wife, Dr. Corey L. Heath.