Ryan Helenthal

Instrument: Percussion

Member Since: 2013

Occupation: Student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Percussion Instructor at Alton High School

Mentors & Musical Heroes: My musical heroes are Will James, Shannon Wood, and Daniel Smithiger

Favorite Brass Band Piece: Fire in the Blood


Senior at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Was Principal Percussionist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Has performed with several theater companies including Looking Glass Playhouse Theater, Hard Road Productions, Community Players Theater, and Clinton Area Showboat Theater. Has studied privately with Will James of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Smithiger of SIUE, Miles Vandiver of SIUE, Dr. Steven Hemphill of Northern Arizona University, Nancy Zeltsman of the Boston Conservatory of Music/Berklee College of Music, and Erick Saoud of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Currently resides in Edwardsville, Illinois