Shaan was born on September 21, 1972 in Columbus, OH and moved to Ashland, KY at the age of 3. He started playing drums at the age of 10 in his middle school band. After he graduated from high school, he went to Morehead State University (KY) to become a Music Education Major with a Percussion emphasis. Shaan learned all aspects of percussion from symphonic, marching, funk, jazz, world and contemporary. In college, he marched and taught in the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Shaan was also part of a two time winning international marching percussion drum line. After college, Shaan moved to Indiana where he teaches private lessons and percussion ensemble at local schools. His biggest influences are Stewart Copeland, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Vinnie Colatiuta, John Fishman and Billy Martin. His style is fusion. "It's a poor musician who blames their instrument."
Shaan now plays in the Max Allen Band and is also a Vic Firth endorser.