Chris Buckholz

Associate Professor of Trombone
D.M.A. - University of Michigan

Office: 285 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2136

"This album goes way beyond just appealing to students and teachers of the trombone. Chris Buckholz employs a rich, delightful tone and plays on a level where virtuosity seems natural and deftly executed." - Greg La Traille,

“Buckholz’s compositions and performances on this album are outstanding and merit a thorough listening by trombonists and musicians of all disciplines”    - International Trombone Association Journal

“Christopher Buckholz was smooth as silk on trombone”  - Cincinnati Inquirer

Chris Buckholz is a virtuoso crossover artist in both classical music and jazz. He has two solo CDs to his credit: the 2012 classical release A la Albéniz on Albany Records and the 2006 jazz release Muse. He is the first trombonist to have released both a classical and a jazz solo CD. Buckholz’s publications include new editions of early twentieth century trombone literature through the Kagarice Brass Press. He is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Northern Iowa and is a performing artist for Antoine Courtois.

From 1997 to 2005, Buckholz was the lead trombonist for the Army Jazz Ambassadors in Washington, D.C.. As a principal soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors, Buckholz was featured in concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops. Buckholz is featured as a soloist on four Jazz Ambassadors CDs.

Buckholz has had an extensive freelance career, performing with Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Bob Hope, Charley Pride, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Vince Gill, and Rosemary Clooney, among many others. He played on hundreds of studio recording sessions for radio, television, and commercial recordings. Buckholz toured internationally and recorded with The Four Tops. He has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. From 2006-2010, he was principal trombonist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and the WCFSO Brass Quintet, and has performed with Chris Merz’s critically acclaimed X-tet and various jazz and classical ensembles around Iowa. Currently, he is a co-founder of the jazz ensemble SEXtet.

In addition to his work as a performer, Dr. Buckholz has been an active clinician, lecturing and performing at schools such as New York University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Florida International University, the University of Memphis, Texas State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Nevada--Las Vegas, the University of Maryland, Loyola University, Belmont University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina--Greensboro, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, TX. He was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University from 1996-1997.

Dr. Buckholz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, his Masters of Music from Yale University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers in classical music include Dennis Smith (Los Angeles Philharmonic), John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet), David Langlitz (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Christopher Dudley (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). He has studied jazz trombone with Conrad Herwig, Curtis Fuller, Steve Davis, Steve Turre, and Jim McFalls, and jazz arranging with Michael Crotty.