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Thu, Jul 25


Merrimans' Playhouse

Ryan Devlin Trio

“Ryan Devlin posses a relentless fire and drive in his playing. He knows his muse, but it’s clear to anyone listening, his sound is becoming his own.” - Lucas Pino (NYC saxophonist)

Ryan Devlin Trio
Ryan Devlin Trio

Time & Location

Jul 25, 2024, 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $15 General/$6 Student. Concert end time is  estimated at 9:00 pm.

Our Student Jazz Performance Series presents Ryan Devlin and his trio project!

Ryan Devlin - saxophone

Ian Ashby - bass

Caleb Montague - drums


Ryan Devlin is a young saxophonist and private woodwind instructor living in Boston, MA, currently attending the New England Conservatory for his Master's Degree. Devlin started his musical journey with his father Scott Devlin who was the leader of the Walt Disney World Sax Quartet. Music was always in the house when Ryan was a child. Scott was always teaching lessons or practicing for his next gig. Ryan was immediately interested and asked his Dad to teach him saxophone around age 9, after playing piano for 3 years. Since then Ryan has been practicing, gigging and teaching everyday!

Ryan has been a member and featured soloist in ensembles such as The Florida All State Jazz band, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orlando Jazz Orchestra, The Seaworld Saxophone Quartet and the UCF Flying Horse Big Band just to name a few. Ryan is also the 2017 winner of the Central Florida Jazz Society and was runner up in 2017 Bob Washington Jazz scholarship competition.

Ryan also has also taken lessons with world class musicians Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Alain Bradette, Lucas Pino and Airmen of Note saxophonist Tedd Baker. Ryan has also performed with world class musicians like trumpeter Terell Stafford. Noted saxophonists Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi, Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Jerry Weldon, bassist Gene Perla and drummer Adam Nussbaum just to name a few!

“Ryan Devlin is a ferocious young tenor player! I’m excited to see what the future holds for his music and career. ” - Chad Lefkowitz Brown (Grammy winning Saxophonist)

“if Steve (Grossman) was alive today, that would have been how he would've sounded." - Petter Wettre (Author of “Live at the Lighthouse Omni Book”)

“Ryan Devlin posses a relentless fire and drive in his playing. He knows his muse, but it’s clear to anyone listening, his sound is becoming his own.” - Lucas Pino (NYC saxophonist)

Ian Ashby received his undergraduate degree as a jazz bass major at Oberlin Conservatory, while also a pitcher on the Oberlin baseball team. Ashby gleefully pursued both disciplines pretty much all the time. Initially, that required more brain space than he could muster. "I viewed them as two separate worlds, he recalls today. I would have a day devoted to music, then a day devoted to baseball. Even though I would have both on the same day, my mind would be with the other." Ian received his Master of Music degree from Berlee College of Music. Ian studied privately with bassist Larry Grenadier and performed alongside legendary percussionist, pianist, and composer Jorge Rossy. As we speak, Ian is in the process of creating his newest project “The Modern Modinha” where he will use interviews with world renowned Brazilian and Portuguese artists and intensive research and composition with Ian’s teacher; bassist, composer, and educator Linda May Han Oh, helps Ian with his plans of recording this original three piece suite later this year.

Drummer Caleb Montague is a jazz studies major at the New England Conservatory. He has also studied at Interlochen, Eastman, and Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and performs with a variety of jazz ensembles.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024 seasons). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons). The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.


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