12 September 2005
Dr. Crotts Named Yamaha Corp. Trumpet Performing Artist
Yamaha Corporation honored Jacksonville State
University's Dr. Chip Crotts as a Trumpet Performing Artist.
Crotts, assistant professor of music, is among a small group of professional trumpet players and educators chosen
for the honor and will represent the corporation nationally through performances and clinics this fall.
As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Dr. Crotts will be featured on the company's Global Artist website and will become
part of a respected worldwide network of Yamaha staff and artists dedicated to quality in all aspects of music.
Yamaha Performing Artists are members of an elite group that includes active, gifted, and articulate musicians.
Yamaha artists help make a two-dimensional product come alive by validating its purpose through performance and
association. These artists inspire many to become musicians, and the connection between artist and product is
critical. YCA has the distinction of managing more artist relationships than any other musical manufacturer in
the world, working with more than 3,500 artists and musicians. These musicians shine across the spectrum of musical
genres and their abilities are unique.
This year will also be eventful for Crotts and the JSU jazz program, as he will be taking JSU Jazz I to the Alabama
Music Educator's conference as the feature university ensemble this year. During the same weekend, Crotts will
also be busy as the 2006 guest director of the Alabama All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Crotts will be featured the following week as a guest trumpet soloist with North Cobb High School at the Georgia Music
Educator's Conference in Savannah, Ga.
Crotts is director of jazz studies at JSU, which includes three big bands and several combos, as well as classes
in improvisation, theory, and applied jazz lessons. The trumpet program maintains a strong reputation throughout
the Southeast, and the combined studios of Dr. Crotts and Dr. John Merriman consistently maintain more than 30
majors per year.
Crotts has been an on-call trumpet artist for the Disney Company and has performed and recorded throughout the U.S.
and Europe. In addition, Crotts has toured and performed with artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, The
Manhattan Transfer, and Maynard Ferguson. Chip is in frequent demand as a freelance musician throughout the
Southeast and is a first call lead player for many national touring companies and artists.
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