“Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.”
– Hans Christian Anderson
On September 30, 2017, Ryan A. McCutcheon, 19, was killed in an automobile accident while returning to his college campus after assisting high school drum students at a local band festival. The Rhythm19 Fund was established by his family through The Pittsburgh Foundation to keep his spirit alive through music.
Ryan was an accomplished percussionist, a dedicated instructor and a mentor to high school and college students. Following his graduation from North Allegheny, Ryan attended Robert Morris University. He remained active musically, marching with Nomad Indoor Drumline, advising the drum line for the Hampton High School Marching Band and playing 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 loved working with kids, playing music and teaching others.