C3 Big Band, Freelance
Instrument: 1602 Bb Trumpet
XO Artist Since: 2018
Music Genre(s): Rock, Jazz, R&B, Pop
Favorite Band: Snarky Puppy
Who are your strongest influences?: Bobby Shew, Art Farmer, Chet Baker
Chris Clark is an active composer/clinician/performer/educator in the Dallas metroplex. He can be found performing in the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Crosswinds Jazz Band, Celebration Jazz Orchestra, as well as various Top-40 groups. He also leads his own band, the C3 Big Band, which features new music written by Chris and other members in the group. C3 Big Band released their debut album of Chris’ works entitled “Personifcations” in August, 2016.
Chris’ publishing company, C3 Compositions, has a library of works ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 5 Jazz Band Repertoire to Concert Band compositions and brass ensembles. Chris’ charts have been performed by numerous colleges, high schools, and middle schools around the country and are also being currently performed by several professional bands in the Dallas area. Chris is a sought-after clinician in the Dallas area at the College, High School, and Middle School levels both with his big band and as a solo clinician. Chris has also had several articles published by SmartMusic on Jazz and Brass pedagogy.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University and a Master of Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He currently is Director of Bands at Hendrick Middle School in Plano, TX.