Chris Creswell is an accomplished trombonist, composer, visual designer and educator currently living in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Chris has enjoyed the privilege of performing and recording with many of today’s top pop and jazz artist including Mariah Carey, John Pizzarelli, Maceo Parker, Tom Kubis, Will Smith, Arturo Sandoval, and many more.
In 2001 while living in Los Angeles, CA Chris started writing marching band drill design, custom arrangements and original compositions for high school and college bands across the United States. The business took it's formal name "Chris Creswell Music and Design" after his move back to Florida in 2005. Chris has also written drill for Marching Show Concepts since 1999.
As well as writing and performing, Chris has spent the past 17 years directing bands at The Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA (2000 - 2005), his Alma Mater Orange Park High School in Orange Park, FL (2005 - 2008) and Fleming Island High School in Fleming Island, FL (2009 - 2012). Since 2012 Chris has been serving as Artist in Residence and Director of Athletic Bands at Jacksonville University.
Chris still remains active as a trombonist in the Jacksonville music scene performing at festivals, corporate events, and with various jazz and chamber ensembles. He has also composed numerous original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble including a commission for the 2008 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
Chris is a graduate of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he received his BM and MM degrees respectively in trombone performance and jazz studies. Chris is an alumni of the Disney All American College Band, The Epcot Grammy Collegiate Jazz Ensemble, and The Henry Mancini Institute. Chris is a member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers (ASCAP)