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Trumpeter / composer Chad McCullough has been on an upward trend for years. He has three critically-acclaimed albums under his own name, several tours around the globe, and has played a key role in countless ensembles and projects. Called “one of Seattle's young musical gems” by Allaboutjazz.com, he's been carving out a name in modern jazz.

He is a member of the West African-inspired group The Kora Band, a group who's latest record Cascades has garnered national attention, peaking at #12 on the World Music Charts, and won NW Recording of the Year in Earshot Magazine.

As a composer, he has scored for film, written for various brass ensembles, dancers, and string quartets and quintets- in both classical and jazz idioms. He is also in high demand as an educator, and frequently speaks about jazz music and the trumpet to students of all ages, giving clinics at high schools and colleges throughout the country. He has been involved with mentoring projects run by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the radio station KPLU, and has done educational outreach in several band programs.

Chad holds a M.M. from the University of Washington, and a B.M. from the University of Idaho, where he was a Lionel Hampton Scholar, and was the first student to graduate with a jazz emphasis on his degree. He has worked in the Disneyland bands, played both piano and trumpet in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and in 2009 he attended the jazz workshop at the Banff Centre in Canada. He now works closely with John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen for Origin Records and the Ballard Jazz Festival, honoring their commitment to the highest quality jazz music.

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”Trumpeter Chad McCullough comes out blazing with a new CD that cleverly captures the sound of Jazz today. Accompanied by an A-Team of Seattle's best, McCullough presents a well balanced program of what I call “Music for Adults”. There is nothing light weight associated with this production... yes, this is The Real Deal! A must have CD.”
--Ray Vega

“...warm, lyrical...”
--Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

“**** Reccomended”
--Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

“...a thoughtful improviser with technique to spare... an impressive first round for one of Seattle's young musical gems.”
--John Barron, All About Jazz

“McCullough's terrific debut Origin release..

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

I've taught private lessons for over 15 years, with many of my students ranking at top levels at festivals and competitions.

Clinic/Workshop Information

I've worked with Elementary - College bands, as well as choirs, running clinics ranging on topics from improvisation, breathing, rehearsal methods, how to practice, Jazz history, jazz tradition, articulation, rhythm section rehearsals... Chad has been a clinician for several festivals and schools, including: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Edmonds Jazz Connection Kentridge HS Tyee HS Kentlake HS Mountlake Terrace HS

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Outside in Music
2020

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Album Abstract Quantities by Chad McCullough

Abstract Quantities

Origin Records
2015

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Album Urban Nightingale by Chad McCullough

Urban Nightingale

Origin Classical
2012

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Album Dark Wood, Dark Water by Chad McCullough

Dark Wood, Dark Water

Origin Records
2009

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Album Imaginary Sketches by Chad McCullough

Imaginary Sketches

Origin Records
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Album The Sky Cries by Chad McCullough

The Sky Cries

Origin Records
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Imaginary Folk Song

Imaginary Folk Song

Chad McCullough
Imaginary Sketches

Urban Grassland

Urban Grassland

Chad McCullough
The Sky Cries

Three Pillars

Three Pillars

Chad McCullough
Dark Wood, Dark Water

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