Chris Sharp
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Jazz Band Techniques for the Non-Jazzer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Weaver Jul 28, 2014.


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Santa Fe College
Chris Sharp is a professional composer, arranger and orchestrator currently living in Gainesville, FL. Educated at the University of Florida and the University of Miami, he has served the music field in a wide range of capacities. As a trombonist, Mr. Sharp worked as a full-time performing musician and band leader at Walt Disney World for eleven years. In addition, he has served as an arranger/orchestrator for the Disney parks worldwide since 1984, providing music for atmosphere groups, live shows, recording sessions and national television broadcasts. He also has written for numerous freelance clients including Universal Studios, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Boston Pops, the Dallas Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and several service bands including the famed USAF Airmen of Note.

Mr. Sharp is an active music educator, with experience teaching at the middle school, high school and college levels. He is currently serving as Director of Bands and Discipline Coordinator for Instrumental Music at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. He also taught four years at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL. Mr. Sharp has served as a clinician and guest conductor on numerous occasions, and has extensive experience as an adjudicator, having judged for several organizations including Music for All (Bands of America), the Florida Marching Band Coalition, and Drum Corps International. His compositions and arrangements for concert and jazz band have enjoyed widespread performances, including annual appearances at the Midwest Clinic. He has received the ASCAPlus award multiple times. His publishers include The FJH Music Company, Inc., Alfred Publishing, Jalen/Matrix Publishing, The Lorenz Corporation, Hope Publishing, Wehr's Music House and Cyberwinds Music.

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At 2:20pm on July 29, 2013, Jonathan Snodgrass said…

Hello Chris!

I started a jazz band at my middle school this past school year and we used your jazz warm-ups. My students and I really enjoyed your warm-ups. At some rehearsals, that's all they wanted to play over and over again. Thanks for giving them such an introduction into playing jazz. Well done!

At 10:48am on November 22, 2010, David Allen said…

Are you interested in comissioned works? This may sound odd, but I would really like a middle school jazz band arrangement of Paperback Writer by the Beatles. Would you be interested in discussing arranging that, as well as finanacial compensation for your time?

Thanks for your consideration.

David Allen
At 2:28pm on February 21, 2010, Russ Weaver said…
At 2:27pm on February 21, 2010, Russ Weaver said…
At 7:20am on February 10, 2010, Russ Weaver said…
Excellent job conducting the Osceola All-County Jazz band this weekend! Other districts should have you come direct their groups. We certainly benefited.
At 11:08pm on February 9, 2010, David Wing said…
Hello there. My band is playing Danse Antiqua for MPA this year. The kids really enjoy playing and I really enjoy it as well. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks so much!
At 7:43am on May 14, 2009, Russ Weaver said…
Hey Chris,
When is everyone going to get to hear your new works? Any way we can get you to upload your mp3's to the music player below? I'm interested.
At 8:19pm on February 23, 2009, Russ Weaver said…
Could you talk about the history behind your chart, "Frimmin' on the Jim Jam?" I'm sure the members would find it interesting as well as good for program notes.
At 10:07am on January 7, 2009, Evan Marsh said…
Hi Chris! Funny to see you on here!
At 10:07pm on September 11, 2008, Chris Sharp said…
Thanks for the exposure. You must have some guns in your trumpet section!


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