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December, 19, 2022
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM




Christopher Buchanan

Christopher Buchanan

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S.H.O.P. Talk - Painting With Sound: Instrumentation and Color in the Concert Band

Clinic Synopsis:

Despite being one of the most challenging groups to get sounding “right,” the concert band affords an exciting combination of textures and colors that is unique among contemporary ensembles. This presentation, given in conjunction with the premiere of "Motu" by the U.S. Navy Band, demonstrates the possibilities, and challenges, of concert band instrumentation for educators, students, and both experienced and budding composers and arrangers.

Christopher Buchanan - Biographical Information

Chief Musician Christopher Buchanan joined the U.S. Navy Band in 2014 as a trumpet instrumentalist after serving seven years with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He was appointed to the position of Staff Arranger in 2017 and Chief Arranger in 2022. His music has been performed by several U.S. service bands as well as numerous university wind ensembles. Chief Buchanan was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and holds Bachelor of Music degrees (summa cum laude) in composition and trumpet from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also received a Master of Music degree in trumpet. Additionally, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet and a Master of Music in musicology from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where his research into the life and music of Giovanni Gabrieli garnered him the Irving Lowens Endowed Prize in Musicology. He has studied composition and orchestration with Stephen Taylor, Zack Browning and Joel Puckett. He is a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, a sought-after freelance artist in the Washington, D.C. area, and previously served on the faculty of the University of Virginia. He lives in Annapolis with his wife, Katie, and daughters, Mackenzie and Jacqueline.