Color Guard Director & Marching Band Creative Director
Born in San Jose, California, Ryan Thornton comes to Austin, Texas after spending 10 years in The Woodlands, TX. He graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2015, a consistent Bands of America and Texas UIL State finalist earning multiple championships at BOA Conroe, BOA San Antonio, and BOA Grand Nationals.
Thornton pursued a performance career in Drum Corps International. He spent his first season in 2015 with Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps as a baritone and mellophone player. He was later contracted by the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard in 2018 and earned a Silver Medal at DCI Finals.
Thornton spent his first winter guard season with Bri’A Winter Guard from the University of Texas at Arlington. He spent his most recent indoor season with Axis Color Guard from Katy, TX.
John B. Connally HS is Mr. Thornton’s first color guard directorship. In his first winter guard season in 2019, the JBC Guard achieved many accolades including: finishing second and first at two TCGC Regionals and winning the TCGC Area West Championship.
In addition to his color guard responsibilities, Mr. Thornton is the Creative Director for the design of the marching productions.
He also assists with the Vista Ridge HS Band and Color Guard, who were recently named State Champions at the 2018 6A Texas State UIL Marching Band Championship and State Finalists at the 2019 TCGC State Championships.
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