Ryan Wolbach is a senior member of the Essex High School instrumental music program performing in Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and Jazz Orchestra. Wolbach is a versatile wind player with experience playing clarinet, clarinet, alto sax and soprano sax. He has played in the pit orchestra for the past several fall musicals at the school. Wolbach has participated in several festivals including Districts, Vermont All State and the New England Music Festival. He recently was one of 14 Vermont students, and one of five Essex High School students to participate in the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) eastern division high school honor ensembles in Hartford, Conn. Wolbach participates in VYO and was recently a featured soloist with the organization. He is also a member of the Williston Town Band and the Vermont Winds at UVM.
Essex High School band director Joshua Pauly said, “Ryan has an intense interest in setting high standards for himself and is one of the most skilled students I have worked with.” When asked what music means to Wolbach, he replied, “Music is and always will be a major part of my life. It is so important to have and maintain the arts in the community. Essex High School has given me an incredible amount of opportunities to explore music in real depth, to the point in which it is a major defining point to who I am.”
Outside of music, Ryan plays on the varsity tennis team and is presently a co-captain. He will be attending UVM this fall majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in music.