The ITF Board and Staff is excited to feature
New York-based, multi-style/multi-trombonist, Dr. Reginald Chapman
As an Artist for our 2021 program, in Columbus, GA!
You might recognize Reggie from his work with the No BS! brass band (check out the video above, and prepare to be amazed), but his musical career spans virtually all genres, with performance credits that range from the Indie Rock band Foxygen (and their feature on the Conan O’Brian Show) and the Broadway show Frozen, all the way to Classical ensembles, like the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Prairie Ensemble, and the Sycamore Brass. Chapman has also toured with Lucky Chops, known the world over, thanks to viral videos taken in the New York City subways, and recently recorded his first album, Prototype, featuring his own compositions and arrangements – the Indie Current called it “a proper introduction to [a] phenomenal rising artist.”
In 2018, Chapman toured with Pressure Fit, described as his “post-rock inspired hip-hop jazz brainchild…sporting a stacked line-up of jazz wizards.”
“Reggie is just an other worldly musician… he will transform your vibrations… money back guarantee.” —-Steven Bernstein
“A frequent presence in big bands, orchestras, and alternative rock groups, Reggie has made an indelible mark as a trombonist with a huge sound, a taste for exploration, and an affinity for playing from the heart.” – RVA News Jazz
Chapman plays a custom B.A.C. bass trombone, which he helped to design, in close cooperation with the company’s founder, Mike Corrigan. He describes it as “a full-on ‘jazz’ horn, intended for improvisation, soloing and being able to carry a melody.” Chapman also plays tenor trombone, tuba, and bass trumpet.
In addition to an active and diverse performing career, Reggie has also completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Bass Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with renown trombonist, composer, and arranger, Jim Pugh. If you’re interested in checking out some of Dr. Chapman’s “Triggertricks,” there are some great resources here.
Be sure to check out Reggie’s events at the 2021 International Trombone Festival!