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Christopher Buchanan

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Christopher Buchanan


Christopher Buchanan (b. Fairfax, Va.) is an American trumpeter, composer and arranger.

Dr. Buchanan holds Bachelor of Music degrees (summa cum laude) in composition and trumpet from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also received a Master of Music degree in trumpet. Additionally, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet and a Master of Music in musicology from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where his research into the life and music of Giovanni Gabrieli garnered him the Irving Lowens Endowed Prize in Musicology. He has studied composition and orchestration with Stephen Taylor, Zack Browning and Joel Puckett.

Chief Musician Christopher Buchanan joined the U.S. Navy Band in 2014 as a trumpet instrumentalist after serving seven years with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He was appointed to the position of staff arranger in 2017 and chief arranger in 2022. His music has been performed by several U.S. service bands as well as numerous university wind ensembles.

He is a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, a sought-after freelance artist in the Washington, D.C. area, and previously served on the faculty of the University of Virginia.

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