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Ryan Moran
Slightly Stoopid - United States


Ryan Moran began playing drums at the age of 13.  A friend bought him a pair of sticks for his birthday, and from that point on, any thing sound worthy was fair game…pots, pans, empty cookie tins etc.  Ryan studied music in junior high and learned to read music notation.  In high school, he played in jazz band, concert band, and pep band.  The music teacher at San Rafael High School, Mark Peabody, served as a mentor and exposed students to jazz, rock, classical and the many faces of each style.


In 1993, at a high profile IAJE sponsored jazz festival, a turning point occurred.  The band had made it to the showcase performance.  8 of over a hundred bands, were chosen to perform.  Ryan was featured in one of the tunes, and won a grand prize of a $2,000 scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.  It was at this point that Ryan realized his ability and made a conscious choice to pursue music as a career.  Ryan was accepted to the music program at San Diego State University.  He auditioned and was granted a scholarship.  Based on audition, he was placed in the top jazz combo with many upper classmen, as well as a big band, and percussion ensemble.  In addition, he studied theory, world music, music history, and other general education requirements.  Though new to San Diego, it did not take long for him to get into the working scene.  He performed in coffee shops and clubs with various jazz and rock groups. 

In 1996, he was invited to join a well-known latin-funk band called the B-Side Players.  B-Side was a well established local favorite, working an average of 4-5 gigs per week locally.  The band had a horn section, a percussion section, a rhythm section, and a vocalist. In 1997, the band began to tour regionally throughout the west, in support of a new record.  The buzz was there and people knew that BSP could make anybody dance.  In 1998, the band starting touring nationally, supporting groups like: Ben Harper, War, 311, Black Eyed Peas, Cubanismo, Los Van Van, James Brown, Israel Vibrations, Maceo Parker and many more.  The band toured constantly and became an underground favorite.  Still a full-time student and a full-time touring musician, Ryan split his time by two extremes.  By day, the classroom and intellectual side of music.  By night, bars, clubs, theaters, studios, festivals and more.  The band toured, rehearsed and recorded consistently.  Several side projects were spawned and gigs flowed in.

In the summer of 2003, Ryan was offered to audition for another popular working San Diego band called Slightly Stoopid.  A departure from latin-funk, Slightly Stoopid’s sound was another vein all together, featuring a blend of reggae, ska, punk, funk, rock and blues.  Many shows open featuring a duet drum piece by he and fellow Pearl endorsee OG.  Since joining the band, Stoopid has averaged 180+ days on the road annually.  By the end of 2006, they will have performed at least 150 gigs in over 8 countries.  Ryan’s playing can be heard on Closer to the Sun, released in Spring of 2005, and more recently on a live double disc, released in Summer of 2006 on Stoopid Records.  The band released it’s first live DVD on Shout! Factory Records, in Summer of 2006, as well as a featured performance in the Bongidae Festival, released by Silverback music.  Ryan has over 15 CD’s to his credit supporting various artists.

Also, after several years of between tour studio work, Ryan has released a solo album entitled "Stucture & Flow". It features 11 tracks of drums, percussion, didgeridoo, berimbau, chapman stick and other instruments in the vein of world fusion.

Ryan also adds a note to his fans..."Thank you for your support, I feel blessed to be living the dream..."

Check the CD for yourself at

When not on the road with Slightly Stoopid Ryan can be found performing with DJ’s in dance clubs, at corporate or private parties, and doing local jazz gigs.


Equipment Configuration

Reference Pure:

Emerald Fade (148)

22x18 bass drum
8x8 tom
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
16x16 floor tom
13x6.5 snare drum
13" Elite Brass Timbale


DR503 ICON Rack System
CH1000 cymbal holder x8
H2000 hi hat stand
S2000 snare stand
D1000 throne
P2000C Eliminator double pedal