Ryan Montano is a nationally recognized trumpeter, songwriter, bandleader and recording artist. His beautiful tone, sophisticated and memorable compositions, impactful live performances and precise technique have garnered him national radio airplay and festival performances across the nation.


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His debut contemporary jazz single "I'd Like That" found nationwide popularity and acclaim by reaching the 14th position on the Billboard National Jazz Airplay chart. His follow up single "Honey Girl" peaked at #13 on Billboard after 20 consecutive weeks on the the chart. His music is a captivating fusion of Jazz, Soul and Latin stylings. His live performances are elegant, refined and powerful. His distinctive sound has become a steady fixture on Sirius Satellite Radio and at radio stations the world over. His current releases “Burning Boats (Feat. Euge Groove)” and “Pennie Thoughts” are currently in heavy rotation at radio stations across the U.S.

The success of his music has led to nation-wide performances at jazz and music festivals across the country including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, The Phil Denny Armory Jazz Festival, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival "Rising Star" performance slot and several others.

In addition to his musical artistry, Montano is a talented and truthful actor having appeared in several commercials and Hollywood films with speaking roles in "GoodKill" starring Ethan Hawke, Disney's "Lemonade Mouth" and "Love N' Dancing" starring Amy Smart, Rachel Dratch and Betty White. He has been a featured performer on “CSI Miami” and “Wildfire” and has several runway modeling shows and print campaigns to his modeling credits.

Montano has also appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” playing the trumpet for pop stars “Hanson” as part of the “Cleto & The Cletones” horn section.

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Montano along side Ethan Hawke and Bruce Greenwood in “GoodKill” (Directed by Andrew Niccol)

Those Who Reach…

Written, Filmed, Edited & Voiced by Ryan Montano for The University Of New Mexico’s School Of Engineering.

Montano is also a professional filmmaker, director, videographer, photographer, editor and graphic artist. His work has been featured on several national networks including ESPN, CBS, NBC and FOX.

Specializing in music-based visual media, Montano has filmed and directed award-winning music videos for “Ozomatli”, “Nosotros” & “Citizens Of Tape City”. He has created films for major universities, marketing agencies, and companies across the nation.


While his talents encapsulate many different passions, it is music and the trumpet that truly define Montano as an artist. With a truthful artistic vision and emotive songwriting, delivered through a graceful and soft tone, Ryan Montano is an artist with a path and sound all his own...