Ryan Zawel has been the music director and a parent at EACMSI since 2008. In addition to teaching all types of music at EACMSI, he directs Cornell University’s Klezmer Ensemble. A professional trombonist and tuba player, he has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble. He has collaborated with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Zappa Plays Zappa. Locally, Ryan is a member of The Destination and El Rumbon. Ryan’s wife, Nicki, is a fellow music educator. They have three children, Daniel (14), Ruby (11). and Quincy (5).