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Ryan Borden is a percussionist, drummer, and music educator with a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from Illinois State University and a Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Equally as comfortable with American wind band and Western classical music traditions as he is with rock, pop, jazz, punk, and funk, Ryan is a versatile performer and instructor focused on meaning-making and self-awareness through music. He was formerly principal percussionist of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, spent several years as a timbalero and bongocero in a Latin fusion dance band, and has freelanced in multiple states across the country. Also an enthusiastic arts administrator and arts & culture advocate, he recently worked in the education department at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ where he connected with cultural communities to showcase and celebrate music from around the world through object-based and experiential learning.