Chris Bruya is Director of Jazz Studies at CWU, and directs Jazz Band I, combos, jazz composition and arranging, improv and jazz styles. He is a graduate of CWU and spent 6 years teaching high school in Oregon and Washington prior to appointments at Pacific University and Mt. Hood CC. He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Northwest. His bands have won the Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Festival and have performed at the IAJE convention in Chicago, as well
as backing numerous guest artists. The CWU Jazz Band I performed in 2005 at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festivals in Europe. In 2008 the band was invited as a finalist at the Next Generation Festival, part of the Monterey Jazz Festival. The CWU Jazz Band’s new CD In A Mellow Tone, which Scott Yanow of Jazz Times magazine cited as “consistently impressive and well worth hearing”, is available from Sea Breeze Records as well as the CWU Bookstore online. Chris is currently involved in creating a NW jazz educator organization to take the place of IAJE.
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