In 1987 Bryan was awarded a scholarship from the Birmingham Conservatorium where he studied Trombone and Euphonium with the legendary Dennis Wick and conducting with Adrian Leaper.
He was the recipient of many performance prizes and was the first brass player to be awarded distinction in teaching, performance and recital diplomas.
As a performner, Bryan has played with many of the UK's leading professional orchestras and held the position of Principal Euphonium with the Desford Band and the City of Coventry Band and was a founding member of the British Tuba Consort. In 1989 he was appointed Music Director of the Sunlife Band which was the begning of a successful and distinguished conducting career which included the famous Fodens Band and William Fairey Band. As a guest conductor he has worked regularly with leading bands in the UK and Europe including Black Dyke, Grimethorpe, Yorkshire Building Society, Brighouse and Rastrick and Cory Band.
Bryan has won almost every major band championship. either as a player or conductor and has been Adjudicator at all leading British, European and Australian band Championships. In 2004 Bryan emigrated to Cairns, Queensland to become instrumental coordinator at St Andrew's Catholic College and is regularly in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. In 2016 Bryan was presented with the Docemus award for his services to music education.