Meet the Composer 2013 Young Sounds of Arizona

Meet the Composer 2013 Young Sounds of Arizona

Called “the best young talent in the Valley”, Young Sounds of Arizona is 40 young jazz musicians ages 14 to 19, chosen by audition each year from Phoenix area schools. Each year the big jazz bands and small jazz ensembles of this unique local wonder present a concert showcasing these young people and their music. This year’s concert is at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature a new composition scored and arranged especially for Young Sounds by Mr. Ryan Haines, who will also be on hand to answer questions from the audience concerning this original composition.

Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher who recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University teaching Jazz Trombone. A former student of Tom Ervin and Roy Main, he has a Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University. During his 20-year career with the United States Air Force, Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble based at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and promotional videos by premier ensembles that include the Falconaires and the Airmen of Note, as well as Air Force Concert Bands, brass ensembles, and rock bands.

Ryan has performed as a featured artist and premiered his music at international music conferences, jazz festivals, and before audiences in every corner of the United States. He has composed and arranged an extensive list of published music for jazz ensemble, little big band, brass ensemble, concert band, and various trombone and tuba/euphonium ensembles; available through Walrus Music publishing ( and Potenza Music ( He was also a runner-up in the 2011 Texas Tech trombone ensemble composition contest. A Sea Breeze Jazz recording artist, Ryan composed an 8-movement suite for big band entitled “The Sky Blue Suite” and debuted it on his recording “To the Sky” in 2001. His follow-up recordings with the Ryan Haines Big Band, “New Horizons” and “People and Places”, received critical acclaim internationally. Jazz industry reviewers frequently use phrases such as: “world-class”, “stellar”, “exciting”, “amazing” and “as good as it gets” to describe his trombone playing and writing style.

The work ethic, attitude, discipline and talented performance of these Young Sounds musicians are surely a powerful example and inspiration for both young and old.

Young Sounds of Arizona is an on going project of American Federation of Musicians Local 586, Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586 and led by Music Director Vincent Wedge.

Date:Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Tickets: $15.25 available at the MIM 480-478-6000 or on line at