Ryan McCutcheon Rhythm19 Fund
On September 30, 2017, Ryan A. McCutcheon was killed in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 19. He was returning to his college campus after a long day of instructing high school drum students at a local band festival. The Rhythm19 Fund was established by his family to keep Ryan’s spirit alive through music.
Ryan was an accomplished percussionist, a dedicated instructor and a mentor to both high school and college students alike. He was the drum captain for the North Allegheny High School Marching Band in his senior year where he also lead their award winning competitive indoor percussion ensemble.
Following his graduation from North Allegheny, he attended Robert Morris University as a business and accounting major. He remained active with his music where he marched with Nomad Indoor Percussion, instructed the drum line for the Hampton High School Marching Band and played drums with his college friends in a rock band. He was also an active drummer at The Vault Recording Studio in Pittsburgh where he frequently played and recorded.
Ryan was a bright, light hearted, funny and loving soul. He always looked out for others and was quick to lend a hand or just be there to listen to a friend. He made a lasting impact on every life that he touched. He loved working with kids, playing music and teaching others.
The mission of the The Rhythm19 Fund is to honor Ryan’s memory by providing access to art and music education for children and youth. Through charitable contributions and volunteerism, the fund seeks to provide access to music for children, and to enrich the lives of those with challenges or special needs through the power of music. The fund also seeks to strongly encourage the continuation of music programs for children in our schools.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
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So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash? – Linda Elis “The Dash”