Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Ryan Dempsey

Ryan Dempsey is a native of upstate New York but has spent most of his life in Virginia. He is a 1999 graduate of the James Madison University School of Music where he earned a degree in Music Education. While at JMU he was a member of the JMU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and the Marching Royal Dukes. He has taught both middle school and high school band throughout his 20 year career. His ensembles have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings and have earned numerous Virginia Honor Band designations from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. They have also earned many Blue Ribbon Awards from the Virginia Music Educators Association. For a time Mr. Dempsey worked closely with the Shenandoah Conservatory where he served as a mentor for all of the instrumental Music Education proteges. In 2014 Mr. Dempsey served as adjust professor where he taught the marching band and jazz ensemble techniques class. Mr. Dempsey has also maintained a successful private studio where many of his students went on to pursue careers in music. In 2020, Mr. Dempsey earned the designation as a “10 Year Honor Band Director” by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He currently lives in Middleburg, Virginia with his lovely wife Kim and their two cats Timbre and Gustav.