Ryan Heath has been a music educator for 15 years and has spent the last nine as an Assistant Director of Bands at Keller High School in Keller, Texas. He serves as the director of the Keller High School Symphonic Band, the Applied Music class, and the Keller Hornline. He also leads the Keller High School Marching Band. Additionally, he works with the concert ensembles at Keller Middle School. Prior to his appointment at Keller, Heath taught at Dawson High School in Pearland and Oak Ridge High School in Conroe.
During his time at Dawson, the group was a two-time TMEA Honor Band finalist, as well as a finalist at the 2011 and 2013 UIL 4A State Marching Band Contest. Since joining the staff at Keller High School, the marching band has been a finalist at the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2021 UIL 6A State Marching Band Contests and the 2015 Bands of America Grand National Championships. In 2015, the John Philip Sousa Foundation selected Keller to be the 76th band worldwide to receive the prestigious Sudler Shield. The band was also a participant in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Concert ensembles under Heath’s direction have received superior ratings at every competitive event attended. The Keller High School Symphonic Band is a four-time winner in the Citation of Excellence competition by the Foundation for Music Education. They were the first high school ensemble to earn this distinction three years in a row and have received this award more times than any other high school ensemble since its inception.
Heath is an active adjudicator for UIL and Bands of America, as well as a clinician for a variety of marching and concert ensembles. He has also been involved in the Drum Corps International community in roles from technician to caption head with several groups including Guardians, Boston Crusaders, and The Cavaliers. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu International Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Heath grew up in Duncanville, Texas and is an alumnus of the Duncanville High School Band Program. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston, studying conducting and education with David Bertman, Tom Bennett, John Benzer, and Eddie Green, as well as horn with Roger Kaza of the Houston Symphony. Heath is married to his high school sweetheart and former bassoonist, Dr. Corey L. Heath. They live in Keller with their son Owen and daughter Emery.