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Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Chad Willis has visited 20 countries and as many states
performing with Wayne Bergeron, Denis Deblasio, Lyle Mays, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Darcy James Argue, John
Mosca, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler, Bob Curnow, Chris Vadala, The Platters, Little Anthony and the Imperials,
The Crystals, Bowser from Sha Na Na, The Dixie Cups, the Billie Leadbetter Big Band, the Houston Civic
Jazz Orchestra,the Dallas Original Jazz Orchestra, the Nobles of Note, Lynn Anderson, and many more.
Beginning his career playing on cruise ships, he traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Ocean from
Canada to Tahiti. Mr. Willis is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the
internationally renowned University of North Texas School of Music. During his stay at UNT he has played
3rd trumpet in the 6 time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, Lead trumpet in the Jazz Repertory
Ensemble and Two O'Clock Lab Band, Principle trumpet in both the Symphony Orchestra and the Wind
Symphony, in addition to several brass quintets and various chamber ensembles. Most recently Chad was
invited to play with the Dallas Brass over the summer of 2011.
Performing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Chad performs with a wide variety of groups from jazz to
classical and everything in between. His current activities embody an impressive schedule of recording
dates, jazz and classical concert and many gigs as a freelance trumpet player in the area.
Possessing a commitment to music education, Mr. Willis maintains a thriving trumpet studio consisting of
middle school, high school, college and post-graduate students. In addition, he gives master classes for
schools in the surrounding areas.
Mr. Willis can be heard on the latest album by the One O'clock Lab Band titled Lab 2011, Lab 2010,
George Miltons record Scream and Shout, and also on the recently released EP by Wendy Austyn, The
Sparrow. His list of teachers includes Jennifer Bales, Robert Walp of the Houston Symphony, Dennis Dotson
of the Woody Herman Thundering Herd and Jay Saunders of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.