Ryan Gannon grew up in Connecticut where he was first drawn to the pipes after hearing them at the local Scottish Festival. He started playing at age 9 with the Police Pipes and Drums of Waterbury. He was primarily a band piper but also competed as a soloist on a few occasions throughout New England. Ryan moved to Chicago in the fall of 2017 after graduating from college and starting his career in the logistics industry. He was excited to make his debut with a competition band when he joined the City of Chicago Pipe Band in January 2018.