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Chris Brawley is a drummer, composer, bandleader and music educator currently residing in Sacramento, California. Chris’ foundation in music began at the age of nine when he started learning to play guitar and bass. A few years later he found his passion for the drums and began studying with world-renowned drum set educator, Mike Johnston. After graduating high school Chris quickly became an in-demand drummer recording and performing professionally with a wide range of artists such as Billy Blackburn, By Sunlight, Sun Monks, Broken Iris, and fusion guitarist Tyson Graf. In 2005, Chris joined Broken Iris full time and recorded their album, Eyes of Tomorrow (2007). In 2011, Chris was accepted to William Paterson University of New Jersey’s (WPUNJ) prestigious jazz program on a Talent Trustee Scholarship. At WPUNJ, Chris studied with many jazz legends including Mulgrew Miller, Horace Arnold, Bill Goodwin, and Kevin Norton amongst others. During his time on the east coast, Chris also performed regularly at popular New Jersey and New York City clubs including Zinc Bar, The Garage, Webster Hall, Trumpets, and Debonair Music Hall. In 2014, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from WPUNJ with a Bachelor of Music degree, Chris accepted a teaching assistant position at the University of Southern California (USC) under the tutelage of the Director of Drum Set Studies, Peter Erskine. For over four years, while pursuing his master’s and doctoral degrees, Chris instructed five drumming proficiency courses per semester at USC sharing his knowledge with over 320 undergraduate students. As a current doctoral candidate at USC, Chris is specialized in the areas of drum set performance, theory and analysis, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian percussion (applied to the drum set), and music technology (Pro Tools, Logic). Chris performs regularly and has led jazz groups with notable artists such as Bob Sheppard, Alex Hahn, Jon Hatamiya, and Rich Perry. When Chris finds time to step away from music he enjoys the great outdoors as well as gaining new inspiration from art exhibits and film.
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