Chris has been playing music for 17 years, specializing in Trumpet, but performed on Tuba, percussion, Euphonium and everything in between. His passion was focused on inspiring young musicians to keep playing and showing the joys that comes from music. He graduated from Enumclaw high school and attended the University of Wyoming to obtain his musical performance and music education degree. He also spent several years as an instrument repair apprentice to learn how to repair and understand how instruments work. Chris returned home to get hands on experience writing drill and assisting with the High school marching band and develop skills to improve his teaching ability. He has performed in Collegiate marching bands, small and large brass ensembles while attending college and received individual lessons and classes to understand how to get the best out of a musician.
Chris wants his students to come away from their lessons with the spark to enjoy making music, by creating a relaxed but attentive experience. Students will develop their personal skills through:
- Understanding fundamentals in music theory and air flow
- Proper instrument tuning and understanding how the instrument works
- Proper practice techniques to maximize time behind the instrument
- Musical purpose and how to convey stylized playing
Chris has 5 years of teaching marching band, 3 years of writing marching drill, previous member of NAFME, ability of revising and writing musical scores. He performed in numerous honors bands and invitationals in High school while also receiving the National recognized Louis Armstrong Jazz award ,John Phillip Sousa award, finalist for the Army National high school marching band, and performed collegiately at some of the largest universities in the Mid-West. Chris has experience performing in duets, trios, quintets, large brass ensembles, small and large jazz groups, and even busking. He currently performs with the Enumclaw Gateway Concert Band. Chris is excited to inspire our next generation of musicians!