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Chad Willis

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Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Chad Willis has visited 20 countries and as many states performing with Wayne Bergeron, Denis Deblasio, Lyle Mays, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Darcy James Argue, John Mosca, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler, Bob Curnow, Chris Vadala, The Platters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Crystals, Bowser from Sha Na Na, The Dixie Cups, the Billie Leadbetter Big Band, the Houston Civic Jazz Orchestra,the Dallas Original Jazz Orchestra, the Nobles of Note, Lynn Anderson, Frankie Valli, Glenn Beck, The Fort Worth Symphony, Lyle Lovett, The Big Phat Band and many more. Beginning his career playing on cruise ships, he traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Ocean from Canada to Tahiti. Mr. Willis is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the internationally renowned University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Previously receiving a Bachelors degree at the University of North Texas. During his stay at UNT he has played 3rd trumpet in the 6 time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, Lead trumpet in the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Lead trumpet in the Two O'Clock Lab Band, Lead trumpet in the One O'clock Lab Band, Principal Trumpet in both the Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Symphony, in addition to several brass quintets and various chamber ensembles. Chad was also invited to play with the Dallas Brass over the summer of 2011 and in the summer of 2013 he joined Lyle Lovett in his Large Band, where he is still a member.

Performing in the Los Angeles area, Chad performs with a wide variety of groups from jazz to classical and everything in between. His current activities embody an impressive schedule of recording dates, jazz and classical concert dates and many gigs as a freelance trumpet player in the area. Chad is also an up and coming Lead trumpet player in the LA area, playing with different bands such as The Pig Phat Band, The David Ricard Big band and rehearsing with several big bands when possible. Previously in the DFW area, he regularly plated with The Les Elgart Orchestra, The Jim Riggs Big Band, The Brad Leali Big Band, The Chad Willis Jazz Orchestra, The Nobles of Note, The One O'clock Lab Band, The American Jazz Composers Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony and many more.

Possessing a commitment to music education, Mr. Willis teaches a wide variety of students consisting of middle school, high school, college and post-graduate students. In addition, he gives master classes for schools in the surrounding areas.

Mr. Willis can be heard on the latest album by the Two O'clock Lab Band titled "Two Twos", the One O'clock albums "Lab 2010", "Lab 2011" and "Lab 2013", George Miltons record "Scream and Shout", an EP by Wendy Austyn titled "The Sparrow", and also on the soon to be released "The New Cool" with John Wassons Cool Brass Jazztet to name a few. His list of teachers include Jennifer Bales, Robert Walp of the Houston Symphony, Dennis Dotson of the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, Jay Saunders of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and now Ambrose Akinmusire.



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