Ryan, a Philadelphia native, got his start in percussion in fourth grade through his elementary school band. It wasn’t until high school when Cleary was introduced to marching band. Cleary spent four years at the Wissahickon High School Marching Unit (WMU). During his time in the WMU, Cleary marched at Aftermath Percussion, a WGI group based out of Kutztown, PA for one season. Upon completing high school in 2019, Cleary attended Shippensburg University.
During his time at Shippensburg University (SU), Cleary was a member of the Shippensburg University Red Raider Marching Band from 2019-2023. While also at SU, Cleary marched two seasons at Fusion Core and one season at Old Line Independent as a quad drummer. In addition to being a performer, Cleary has also been an educator at Carlisle High School since 2021 as a Quad Tech.
Cleary found his passion for mass media during high school joining his high school TV Club. While attending SU, Cleary joined on-campus media groups to further his passion for mass media. In the summer of 2023, Cleary joined the media team for The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Cleary graduated in 2023 with his undergraduate in Communications/Journalism with an emphasis in Electronic Media. Currently he is pursuing his master’s degree in strategic communications.
Cleary currently resides in Shippensburg, PA and is excited to start his journey with the Old Line team!