Blue Devils Welcome Two New 2010 A Corps Staff Members
Dr. Chip Crotts is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. A GRAMMY nominated artist, Chip has been an on call trumpet player for the Disney Company and has performed for them throughout the US and Europe. He has also toured and performed with numerous artists, most notably Natalie Cole, Rhythm and Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Boston Brass, Ray Charles and the great Maynard Ferguson.
Chip is very active in the marching arts and has been an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, Bands of America and numerous state marching contests across the United States. He began his DCI career as a member of the Phantom Regiment from 1989-1990 and spent 1991-1992 as a member and soprano soloist of the 13-time Drum Corps International World Champion Blue Devils, receiving the “Performer of the Year” Award both years. As a DCI educator, Chip has been a caption head for Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (2006-2007) and co-caption head of the two time DCI Champions Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2008). Chip is currently in his first season as a member of the Blue Devils brass staff.
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