Chris Burnett

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: November 2, 1955    

Chris Burnett is an alto saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator who began his active career at the age of 18 years old when he was selected by audition and accepted for musical service as a performing artist with the US Army Bands Career Program, where he performed and toured with several noteworthy professional US military band organizations for audiences at numerous locations in the continental United States and overseas. Subsequently, Mr. Burnett has continued as a life-long learner while performing music professionally for over three decades.

Born in Olathe, Kansas, he was ultimately raised in Paola after his family had traveled extensively in early childhood and lived at such places as: France, Michigan and Colorado. His studies in instrumental music began seriously under clarinetist, James R. Fuchs. Mr. Fuchs was the local school band director who exposed him to professional saxophone players like Charles Molina and Gary Foster during those formative years. He has studied with numerous significant teachers and at the Armed Forces School of Music, Webster University, Columbia College, Berklee College of Music, and American University. ...
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Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards); Army Commendation Medal (4 awards); Army Good Conduct Medal (7 awards); 5-Star Award of Merit Winner National Federation of Music Clubs (composition)
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“One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town isn’t some kid straight out of school or still in school. But at age 51, alto saxophonist Chris Burnett is just beginning to get noticed as his own man.” —Joe Klopus, Jazz Critic, Kansas City Star

”At The Drum Room, Chris' facility was sure as he breezed through his sets. The play list was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats: “Dolphin Dance”, “Black Narcissus”, “Recorda-Me”, “Moments Notice”, and an original blues. Chris' tone is always controlled, and he has a way of embellishing the melody as he moves into his solo which is especially appealing.” —Roger Atkinson, Editor, Jazz Ambassador Magazine

”For more than 30 years, Chris Burnett has worked to develop his own language, his own sound...

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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

LocationLeavenworth, KS

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundD e s c r i p t i o n

Chris Burnett - Private Teaching Practice and Clinics

Private woodwind instruction, jazz instruction, music clinics and master classes for all levels of musicians.

Private musical instruction, all genre music clinics, subject specific master classes presented by an active professional musician, recording artist, and award-winning composer based in the Kansas City area.

Mission Statement: Chris Burnett Teaching Studio and Clinics services are dedicated to providing individual instruction programs based upon over 20 years of teaching privately and at the university level, from the perspective of an active professional artist who has been a full-time working musician for 30 years.

Principal Instrument: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Other instruments and subjects taught: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Theory, Conducting, Composition, Improvisation

Principal Styles: Jazz and Classical

Other styles taught: Classical, Jazz, Pop

Studio Specialties and Features: Chris Burnett Private Teaching Practice and Clinics are presented in association with the Tune Shop, Inc. All lessons are taught at the Tune Shop, Inc. studios on specific days. Please contact the Tune Shop, Inc. for scheduling information or inquiries about studying with Mr. Burnett. All ability levels, Audition Preparation, Specific Intensive Programs, Adults welcome, Gifted, Relaxed environment, Beginners to Advanced Level Students, etc.

Studio Size: Medium (11-34 students)

Instruments for rent: Yes

Purchase sheet music at studio?: Yes

Audition/Exam Preparation?: Yes

Group Lessons: No. However, clinics and master classes available to large groups or school classes.

Regular studio recitals: No

Waiting room for parents: Yes

Parents welcome at lessons?: Yes

Air-conditioned/heated studio: Yes

Recording Facilities: No

General details: IAJE Artist/Clinician; IAJE Artist Outreach Network; BMI Writer Affiliate; AFM, Kansas City Local 34-627


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PERSONAL NOTE: This is my current list of musical equipment, software items, and some of the related associate organizations necessary to accomplish my work as a professional musician and composer at this stage in my career. Most all of the equipment choices have come about after many years of actually playing different instruments and using various brands of musical products. Although I was always provided with top-of-the-line equipment during my career with military bands, I still had to own my own horns as well in order to play any private jobs during my off-duty hours. So, I have been using most of these same equipment brands for many years now. All of these are professional grade items that have been technically refined, manufactured and produced to exacting standards by master craftsmen.

I'd like to emphasize to students that the most important aspect concerning equipment is that your horns work properly. As you develop your own individual musical skill, you will also find that your own personal equipment preferences will emerge as well. I also recommend that any musician (student or professional) have their instruments covered by an insurance policy of some type. There are many homeowner policies that allow an option for such an addendum. There are also specific musical instrument insurance firms such as "Clarion Associates, Inc." for professionals with high-dollar valued equipment. I'm often asked about my equipment, so here it is... Peace, Cb


+Eb ALTO SAXOPHONE - Selmer (Paris): Serie III, model 62

+Bb SOPRANO SAXOPHONE - Selmer (Paris): Serie III, model 53

Bb CLARINET - Leblanc (France): Concerto, model 1189S

C FLUTE - Emerson: Sterling, model EF88, Symphony Headjoint

*Instrument maintenance by Mark Farmer.


Bb CLARINET - Eddie Daniels: with Eddie Daniels Rovner ligature.

+Bb SOPRANO SAXOPHONE - Lomax Classic: with BG ligature.

+Eb ALTO SAXOPHONE - Lomax Classic: with Ultimate Ligature by Francois Louis.


Bb CLARINET - Vandoren: 56 Rue Lepic Reeds , Strength 4.

Bb SOPRANO SAXOPHONE - Peter Ponzol: Strength 3.

Eb ALTO SAXOPHONE - Peter Ponzol: Strength 3.

+ = Official Selmer (Paris) Saxophone Artist and Conn-Selmer Clinician. Official Artist Endorser of Lomax Classic Jazz Saxophone Mouthpieces.
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