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Christopher M. Nelson is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Music Performance degree at Washington State University, where he serves as a graduate assistant to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble. He currently studies conducting with Dr. Danh Pham and Dr. Matthew Aubin, and percussion with Professor David Jarvis.


Chris comes to WSU from Saratoga Springs, Utah where he served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Westlake High School. His responsibilities there included conducting the Concert Band, Beginning Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles, as well as being the Assistant Director of the Thunder Marching Band, Utah’s 2012 and 2013 Class 4A State Champion. Before teaching full time, Chris attended Brigham Young University where he received his B.M. in Music Education.


A native of Keizer, Oregon, Chris is in demand as a marching percussion arranger, show designer, and clinician throughout the Western United States. He has written for high school and independent marching ensembles in Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. This fall, Chris' Wind Band transcription of Nathan Daughtrey's Legacies will be released by C. Alan Publications. He recently was a participant at the Art of Wind Band Conducting and Rehearsal Workshop at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received conducting instruction from top conductors such as Jerry F. Junkin and H. Robert Reynolds. Chris lives in Pullman, Washington, with his beautiful wife Jessica and their daughter Lauren.


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