Chris Allen is a trombonist/bass trombonist residing in White Bear Lake, MN. He has completed two years of graduate work at the University of Minnesota towards his Master's degree in trombone performance, and was a Grove Fellow during his time there. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with honors in performance.
Chris' primary teachers include Thomas Ashworth (University of Minnesota), Scott Moore (Gustavus Adolphus College), and Larry Zimmerman (Gustavus Adolphus College). He has taken additional lessons with Doug Wright (Minnesota Orchestra), Henry Charles Smith III, Michael Levine (Dallas Brass), and Achilles Liarmakopoulos (Canadian Brass). He has also participated in masterclasses with Randall Hawes, and Dr. Terry Leahy.
In addition to performing with the Twin Cities Brass Band, he is a member of the Metro Brass, a local brass choir. Chris has also had many opportunities to perform with fine ensembles in the area, including Mankato Symphony, Kenwood Symphony, Compass Rose Brass Ensemble, Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Saints of Swing, among others. Chris has also performed as a guest soloist with the bands at the South Campus in White Bear Lake.
Chris is currently the low brass instructor at both The Blake School, and St. Michael-Albertville High School. He also works part time with Eckroth Music.