Chris earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Wright State University and his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University. He has studied trumpet with Pharez Whitted, Daniel Zehringer, Jim Stokes, William Campbell and Bill Adam. While at Wright State, Chris served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant who taught Jazz Improvisation, assisted and performed with the WSU Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra and performed with the WSU Faculty Brass Quintet.
During his career Chris has had the opportunity to perform with many artists including Vince DiMartino, John Harner, Mike Speck, James Swearingen, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, Sinclair Community Wind Symphony, Generations Big Band and The Dayton Jazz Orchestra. Some career highlights include performing on Premier Cruise Lines, performing at the 2015 “Exploring Brass in Greece” Conference, leading the Sinclair Trumpet Ensemble at the 2017 & 2018 Ohio International Trumpet Guild Conferences, performing at One Hundred Nights of Taps in 2018 and for the Dayton Strong Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund Benefit Concert in 2019.
Chris spent nine years as a church music director where he led the choir and orchestra, developed and led children’s music classes, and oversaw all media activities. Additionally, he has been a guest clinician at a number of institutions, maintains an active teaching schedule and is a regular contributor in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and a performing member of the Dayton Music Club.
with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and in 2015 from the Peabody Institute of the
Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Music, also in Guitar Performance. An
accomplished classical guitarist, Evan has played solo and ensemble concerts
throughout the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana areas, and along the East Coast. Evan is a professor of guitar at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN, and teaches
privately at McCutcheon Music in Centerville and Star City Music in Miamisburg. He
also plays guitar in the five-piece funk band The Johnson Treatment.
Her honors include: the Mary Elizabeth King Brown Teaching Excellence Award (2012), First Place in the Undergraduate Division at the Marjorie Peatee Art Song Competition (2004), and the MTNA Star Award (2002).
In addition to being a Master Teacher of Piano at Star City Music Studios, Aaron holds the positions of Weekend Host on Discover Classical FM 88.1/89.9/89.1 and Organist at Grace Lutheran Church in West Carrollton. Previous positions include Staff Accompanist at Winston-Salem State University, Adjunct Instructor of Theory and Music Appreciation at Guilford Technical Community College, and Associate Master Teacher at the Music Academy of North Carolina. He has participated in master classes with Anna Maria Trenchi de Botazzi and Jon Nakamatsu.
Aaron lives in West Carrollton with his wife, Samee Griffith Mood, daughters, Evelyn and Raegan, and sons, Nathaniel and Karl.