Dr Cameron “Chip” Crotts
Co-Brass Caption Head
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Dr. Chip Crotts is Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Jacksonville State University. Chip has been an on-call trumpet artist for the Disney Company and has performed and recorded throughout the US and Europe. A Grammy nominated trumpet player, Chip has toured and performed with artists such as Rhythm and Brass, Ray Charles, The Manhattan Transfer and Maynard Ferguson. Chip is a first call lead player for many national touring companies and artists, and is also an Associate Member of the Tuscaloosa Horns, with which he tours annually performing with such groups as The OJ s, The Four Tops and The Temptations.
Dr. Crotts has worked with many high school and college groups, most notably Kennesaw Mountain High School, North Cobb High School and Clements High School, and has been an adjudicator for Bands of America and Drum Corps International. Chip has been very active in the drum corps community, where he marched with Phantom Regiment and The Blue Devils, and most recently has served as Brass Caption Head for Spirit from JSU.
Chip received his music degrees from East Carolina University, Penn State University and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers have included Ray Crisara, Ray Sasaki, John Daniel, Tom Huener and John Almeida. Chip has also studied privately with Roger Ingram, Armando Ghitalla, Doc Severinsen and Boyde Hood.
Chip is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays on Yamaha trumpets exclusively.