Chris is currently the drummer for MILONGA, a popular Latin band based in the Pacific Northwest and Black Dolly(BD),a band he formed that features his wife Wendy on vocals and NW musicians Frazer Wambeke(keyboard/vox), Eddie Ramirez(bass), and Luke Basile (guitar). In addition to MILONGA and BD, Chris also stays busy playing with a variety of artists throughout the northwest United States. Chris has been blessed to share the stage with artists such as Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Ingrid Jensen, Derico Watson, Bob McChesney, Calabria Foti, Los Lobos, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and many more. He also maintains a busy teaching schedule along with composing/arranging music for groups around the country. Along with Vic Firth, Chris endorses Remo Drumheads and is a Regional Yamaha Drum Set artist.
Black Dolly - Milonga - Hanford High School
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceI got to play a big festival in my hometown of Bozeman, MT and it really felt good to see old friends and family in that way! Also, my cousin was there and she was battling brain cancer at the time. I'll always cherish that because that was the last time she got to hear me play.
What Drives Your Creativity?For me creativity comes and goes but I'm always actively seeking inspiration whether it's other musicians, art, my kids, or whatever! I try to capture it and then see what happens.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I've played Vic Firth products as long as I can remember. No matter the stick, I feel as though I can trust the sticks to be an extension of myself musically!