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Chris Van Leeuwen

Trumpet/Jazz Band Instructor Presser Performing Arts Center

Chris holds a BA in Music from the University of Northern Iowa (2008), an MM in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University (2010), and an MA in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Missouri – Columbia (2017). At Indiana, he served as principal trumpet of the Philharmonic and Concert orchestras, co-won the brass concerto competition in 2010, was selected to perform for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project conducted by John Adams, and received 2nd place in the ensemble division at the 2010 National Trumpet Competition.

After finishing at Indiana, Chris worked for both Royal Caribbean Cruises and Azamara Cruises. A recent graduate of Mizzou, Chris helped to coordinate the jazz program by directing the big bands and jazz combos as a teaching assistant. He was also the graduate assistant for the Community Music Program. In the classical world, he has performed with the Des Moines Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Dubuque Symphony. In the jazz and commercial world, Chris’s notable performances include the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, The O’Jays, Kelley Hunt, the Buddy Rich Big Band, La Sonora Santanera, and as a contracted musician for national Broadway tours at the brand new Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.

Van Leeuwen regularly performs in Kansas City, St. Louis, and various parts of Iowa with jazz, big band, commercial, and Latin groups. Chris is an active member of popular Iowa bands Orquesta Alto Maiz and Parranderos Latin Combo and he recently toured with both Kelley Hunt and Seattle-based soul group The Dip. He is also an active jazz composer and an arranger in various genres. Chris has recorded his arrangements with Des Moines-based indie-pop band Canby and singer/song-writer Max Jury.



For more information please call 573-581-5592
Trumpet lessons are $25.00 per half hour lesson and $40.00 per hour lesson.

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