Ryan Breen was principal tubist with the National Youth Orchestra and studied at Chethams School of Music under Stuart Roebuck and Brian Kingsley. Ryan won the brass prize in the Northern Guild Music Competition in 1993. The same year saw him move to London to study with Patrick Harrild, Jim Anderson and Oren Marshall. In 1996 Ryan returned to his homeground of Manchester to study further at the Royal Northern College of Music. Ryan's high standards of performance have received recognition, encouraging composers such as Jennifer Glass to write for the tuba. In 1996 Ryan accepted the invitation to become a member of Tubalaté. He is highly experienced within the brass band movement playing with bands such as BNFL and Desford Colliery. He also has an impressive record in the orchestral world and has worked with many of the country's leading orchestras.