Chris Buckholz is a virtuoso crossover artist in both classical music and jazz. He is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of New Mexico. Previously, Buckholz was Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Northern Iowa.
Buckholz has three solo CDs to his credit: the 2015 classical/jazz double album Versatility, A la Albéniz from 2012 and the 2006 jazz release Muse. He is the first trombonist to have released both a classical and a jazz solo CD.
From 1997 to 2005, Buckholz was the lead trombonist for the Army Jazz Ambassadors in Washington, D.C. and performed with the Pittsburgh, National and Baltimore Symphonies, and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops. He has had an extensive freelance career, performing with Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Vince Gill, and Rosemary Clooney, among many others. He has played on hundreds of studio recording sessions for radio, television, and commercial recordings and toured internationally.
Buckholz has given masterclasses at universities throughout North and South America. He holds degrees from Wake Forest University, Yale University and the University of Michigan. His teachers include John Swallow, H. Dennis Smith, Arnold Jacobs, Curtis Fuller, Conrad Herwig, Steve Davis and Steve Turré.