Ryland Steen

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Ryland Steen
Ryland Steen 2014.jpg
Steen performing with Reel Big Fish in 2014
Background information
Birth name Ryland David-Burton Steen
Born (1980-08-31) August 31, 1980 (age 36)
Genres Ska-punk, Classic rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drum kit, Vocalist
Associated acts Square, Reel Big Fish, Kris Allen, Maroon 5, America

Ryland David-Burton Steen (a.k.a. "The Rabbit" or "Xylophone") (born August 31, 1980) is best known as the former drummer of the California-USA-based ska punk band, Reel Big Fish.[1]

Reel Big Fish first met Steen at an Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands when he was playing with his Nebraska-born band Square. Reel Big Fish was judging the competition and gave him and his band a perfect score. Ryland's band won the contest and the $35,000 prize. Reel Big Fish stayed in touch with him and later brought him on as their drummer after the Departure of Justin Ferriera, with Steen having previously played percussion on the Cheer Up! recording of the song "Good Thing". He was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to California at age 19. Ryland has toured and/or recorded with Kris Allen, Maroon 5, The Summer Obsession, The Elected, Start Trouble, Phantom Planet, Free Moral Agents, Suburban Legends, Audiovent, Mt. Egypt, TEA, and Orange County cult legends Square. His father is guitarist Dave Steen, an accomplished songwriter and former member of the 1980s power pop band The Hawks, who recorded two LPs for Columbia Records and charted with the songs, "It's All Right, It's OK" and "Right Away" (written by Dave Steen).

Steen played his first night with the band America (Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley) at the California State Fair on July 20, 2014, where Beckley introduced him toward the end of the set as playing with the band, "for 90 minutes."

In November 2014, Steen appears with America in a live performance at Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT for Connecticut Public Television that was subsequently aired nationwide in June 2015, and afterwards streamed online.[2]



  1. ^ "Ryland Steen". Modern Drummer. September 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "America - Infinity Hall Live Season 04 Episode 01". 

Ryland Steen: Diversify And Thrive (Modern Drummer)

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