About Ryan Simmons

Ryan created RS Woodwinds in 2010.

Ryan Simmons - RS WoodwindsHe has overhauled many of his colleagues’ and students’ instruments and has repaired such top make instruments as Brannen, Powell and Haynes flutes; Haynes, Burkart and Powell piccolos; Heckel and Puchner Bassoons; Mollenhauer contra bassoons; Loree english horns and oboes; Buffet clarinets and bass clarinets; as well as vintage Selmer saxophones. Ryan is a certified Straubinger pad installer for flutes, piccolos and clarinets.

His attention to detail and precision has earned him accolades from his colleagues and clients in San Diego and Southern California.

Ryan Simmons is Second Bassoonist of the San Diego Symphony and Principal Bassoon with Orchestra Nova San Diego.  He has also held positions as Associate Principal Bassoon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Principal Bassoon with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Ryan graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, and has studied Bassoon with such legendary players as Bernard Garfield, Steven Maxym and Norman Herzberg.

Festivals he has participated in include Marlboro, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Mainly Mozart and La Jolla Summerfest.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Abe Liebhaber
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 06:23:53

    Looks amazing, man. Congrats!


  2. Terri
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 15:50:07

    This is first rate. You sound confident and thats justified because your repair work on my clarinets was fantastic.


  3. Joni Simmons
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 19:32:40

    That is really a very tasteful website


  4. Bill Propp
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 19:54:16

    Ryan, I was so happy with your overhaul of my Heckel. It’s like a new instrument–more even, in tune and resonant. And all the repairs are holding up fine. Thanks!


  5. Bernard Garfield
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 10:40:57

    Congratulations! A fine woodwind repairman such as you is a welcome addition to any large city.


  6. Herb Fawcett
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:43:29

    Just heard from Bernie about your business.
    Great! It is terrific to have a happy alternative to the long trip to Seattle.


  7. Michael Wright
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:45:05

    I hope all is going well. Small world, I stayed with Herb when I went to all-state orchiestra, many years ago.


    • RS Woodwinds
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 23:07:55

      Hi Michael, it is a small world indeed. Hope you are well, keep int touch


  8. Bob Barnhart
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 16:59:02

    Ryan, thanks so much for the great work you did on my 1970s-ish R13 Eb! I thought it played “OK” when I brought it in, but after you did even some “minor” work, it now plays better than when I bought it in 1985! I really appreciate your attention to detail and am excited to the improvements you’ll make to my instruments in the future.


    • RS Woodwinds
      Mar 25, 2017 @ 18:11:30

      Thanks Bob! I know, I’m just seeing this now lol, but better late than never 🙂


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