Chris Baker - Drums

Percussionist and educator Chris Baker started studying music at an early age, beginning with piano and eventually falling in love with percussion. He started out in the percussion section of his middle school band program and later began playing in rock bands and jazz bands. Chris continued his education at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed a degree in Percussion Performance and continued to further diversify his musical portfolio.

As an educator, Chris has more than fifteen years of experience teaching private lessons, coaching ensembles, and giving masterclasses. One highlight of his teaching career has been learning and implementing the principles of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education model. This pursuit has taken him to Acariqua, Venezuela as well as Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria. Chris has also completed teaching residencies with similar programs in the US, including The Baltimore Symphony’s Orchkids Program and the Peabody Conservatory’s Tuned-In program.

As a performer, Chris enjoys playing in as many diverse situations and styles as possible, including classical, jazz, rock, salsa, and chamber music. His rock band Dave Hammer’s Power Supply toured the country and released four albums. As a jazz drummer, Chris was recently featured on Bobby Selvaggio’s album, Short Stories, released on Origin records. He was also thrilled to be included on Ashley Summers’s upcoming release, True North, which features world-renowned saxophonist Seamus Blake. 

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