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Bobby Ryan

Composer & Creator of 'Kickin' Tracks'

 

'Peppertree Sound Studio'

His music career started back in high school in Providence, RI, night clubs and recording studio work. In his freshman year of high school he wanted to be in the marching band and as he says he got stuck with a trombone. By his junior year he made lead chair for RI All-State High School Band, and then in his senior year he was chosen for the McDonald's All American High School Band, the top 100 high school musicians in the country. In 1974 he started college at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston.  In 1976 he was about to start his junior year when he was offered a chance to go on the road to tour with Tavares, at the time famous recording artists with the Saturday Night Fever Tours. Over time as a player his tours jumped around, including performances with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Barry White, The Temptations and Barry Manilow.

 

Eventually tired of being a 'road rat' he ended up back in Rhode Island to put focus on his writing skills. Starting with local TV and radio commercials and jingles he got the attention of Kevin Tracey Productions and was offered a staff writer producer position. Those are rare opportunities so he left for New Hampshire and worked between there and Kevin's Boston studio and worked on mostly syndicated music that could be adapted for different national markets. During that time he became a 3 time Emmy nominated composer for his broadcast work. He eventually caught the attention of record producer Paul Leka who at the time had amounted 8 gold records and 3 number one hits for CBS Records and Bobby decided to shift gears from the advertising business to the record business. Over the next few years they worked together, but aside from a salary nothing else much happened.

 

Ending up back in Rhode Island he freelanced as a studio musician and writer and finally found some time to start exploring martial arts. First uechi-yu (Okinawa karate), then Wah-um Kung Fu, Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate, and eventually ended up at New England Taekwondo in Warwick, RI, a chain owned and run by world famous Grandmaster Hee il Cho. He started getting more and more music work in the Boston area which made serious training time rare, popping in and out of classes from time to time. The head instructor there was 4th degree black belt Jerry Potenza, who also was a well known bass player in the RI area. He kept telling Bob 'You gotta start writing some music for pattern practice. It gets awfully boring'. That was in the late 80's and a lot's changed thanks to the internet. It's finally reached a point where music and video is now purchased as MP3s and MP4s, downloadable data. Product can be sold world wide without warehousing and shiping of product, cutting the price of the product in half. The World Taekwondo Federation had grown to over 80 million practitioners and through the World Wide Web it's possible to reach out to those people. Kickin' Tracks is finally here, and though it might not be for everybody people that enjoy music can have the option of training with the excitement and the power of music.