Chip CrottsDr. Chip Crotts serves as Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A GRAMMY nominated artist, Crotts has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and maintains an active career as a first call musician for many national Broadway shows and touring ensembles. Chip has toured and worked with artists such as Jamie Cullum, Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Rhythm and Brass, Don Rickles, Natalie Cole, The O’Jay’s, Joan Rivers, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others.
Equally at home as a classical performer, Chip has presented numerous recitals and masterclasses across the country and has performed with the orchestras of North Carolina, Alabama, Huntsville, Charleston, Macon, Austin, Tuscaloosa, Altoona, Abilene, and Chattanooga, among others. He can also be heard on the SeaBreeze Jazz label and Mark Records, with groups such as the Bob Meyer Concept Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Third Coast Jazz Orchestra, as well as on the Grammy nominated “Celebration of Life” with Tejano legend, Little Joe Y La Famiglia. Dr. Crotts has also been a featured soloist in some of the world’s premier musical venues, including Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blues Alley, The Blue Note, Le Duc des Lombards (Paris, France) and the Hollywood Bowl.
Highly involved in the marching arts, Chip has taught on the educational staffs of The Cavaliers, The Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment and Spirit of Atlanta. Crotts is also very active as an adjudicator and has served annually in this capacity with organizations such as Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Music for All, Winter Guard International and numerous state level music educator associations. As a clinician, Dr. Crotts serves nationally for jazz, marching and wind festivals, in addition to presenting topics such as Brass Pedagogy, Jazz Pedagogy, Breathing for Wind Players, Versatility in Performance and the Outdoor Performing Ensemble.
Currently, Dr. Crotts serves as Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, as well as being a member of NAfME, the American Federation of Musicians, the Jazz Education Network and The International Trumpet Guild. He is also a past fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and Music at the Banff Centre (Canada), as well as a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Tech Foundation. Most recently, Chip was selected as a Georgia Tech “Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow” for excellence in teaching and instruction at the Institute of Technology.
Dr. Crotts received his undergraduate degree in Music Business from East Carolina University, a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Penn State University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance with a Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Ray Sasaki, Ray Crisara, John Daniel and Tom Huener, including additional studies with Boyde Hood, Roger Ingram and Doc Severinsen.
Previously, Chip served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Crotts is extremely honored and excited to be joining the SCV family and looks forward to working with the talented members and staff of the 6-time Drum Corps International World Championship Drum and Bugle Corps.
A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.