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Christopher Buchanan


Chris Buchanan headshotWhat city are you living in now? Annapolis, MD

Where did you study? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.M. Composition/Trumpet, M.M. Trumpet), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. Musicology, D.M.A. Trumpet)

What is your favorite piece of music? This isn’t really fair. I suppose the piece I’ve spent the most time studying is Giovanni Gabrieli’s second book of Sacrae Symphoniae (posthumous, 1615). But as far as common-practice era music, you can’t beat Bach’s Mass in B minor.

What do you enjoy in your spare time? My day job is an an arranger for the U.S. Navy Band, so I spend a lot of time in the studio writing music. When I have time to spare, I enjoy running, gardening, cooking and spending time with my wife, two daughters, three dogs and a cat.

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory? Probably playing Respighi’s Pines of Rome at the Music Center at Strathmore, but I also love our annual concert at Quiet Waters.