Chris Lyman is a graduate of Grapevine High School and the University of North Texas. He marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2012, where he was a featured soloist in his final two years. While with the corps, he was mentored by Al Chez and Paul Bessetti.Chris worked with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual tech in 2013. He returned to Crossmen in 2014 as a trumpet tech on the brass staff. This past summer he joined the Crossmen staff as the transportation manager and props manager.
While at the University of North Texas, Chris studied trumpet with amazing educators and performers, like Allen Vizzutti, John Holt, Keith Johnson, Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher and Dr. Nicholas Williams. He performed in the Brass Band under the direction of Dr. Brian Bowman, and the Symphonic Band conducted by Dennis Fisher. More recently, he played Lead Trumpet in one of the top jazz ensembles in the UNT Jazz Program, The 2 O’Clock Lab Band under the direction of Rob Parton, and subbed regularly in the 1 O’Clock Lab Band led by Alan Baylock.
In the fall of 2016, he won an audition for the US Marine Corps Band. He was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he performed in a wide variety of ensembles. He was selected 3 consecutive times for the Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band as the lead trumpet for the ensemble. In addition to his role as a trumpet player in the band, he was responsible for the organization of the Band’s music library. He was instrumental in the creation of a digital musical archive of over 50,000 pieces of music, purchasing hundreds of charts. His responsibilities included training other Marine Musicians and assigning them their roles in the music library. Additionally, he was trained as a bus driver, and was responsible for the proper maintenance and operation of the Band’s main source of transportation to and from commitments.
Once his contract with the Marines concluded, Chris returned to the University of North Texas and finished his degree in Music. He currently resides in the North Texas area, teaching trumpet private lessons and performing with local music groups. He is a professional musician with Scott Michael’s Stratosphere, an entertainment based performing arts group. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and playing softball and golf. He looks forward to working with the Crossmen members and staff.