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Ryan Critchfield-Upright and Electric Bass
Ryan Critchfield is a home grown musician, born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Beginning at the age of 12, he learned to play the trombone in band at Case Elementary school, and would eventually pick up
both guitar and bass guitar at different points of his life. It was not until the age of 16 that he would discover his love of the double bass at Revere High School, a love that would see him through the
completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Performance through Kent State University, and two years later a Masters of Performance through the same institution. During his time at Kent, Ryan served as principal
bass in the Kent State University Orchestra, played bass in both the Kent State Big Band, Jazz Combos, as well as the Kent New Music Ensemble.
Outside of school, Ryan has performed in many different settings and environments as an independent musician. These include the Canton Players, Akron Big Band, the Porthouse Theater, and currently as the bass player for the award winning Ohio band The Speedbumps. Outside of the music world, Ryan enjoys relaxing at home and watching movies, shows, and playing games on his computer.