Chris Shaw - Trombone


Chris, a native of Needham, Massachusetts, started playing with Boston area big bands at age 15. Gigs and rehearsals soon followed with 17-piece groups such as: The Two Car Garage Band, Roy Nutile, Dick Donovan, Mary Karl/Ray Pineau, Big Band Inc.,

Ray Leech & the Suburbanaires, and the reorganized Gene Krupa Band, kept his slate quite full through the 1980′s as did membership with A.F.M. Local 393.

The fabled “Day Job” has been a necessary evil for Chris since 1978 when he became a printer. In 1986 he took a caretaker’s position at an estate/horse farm in Dover, Massachusetts which relocated to Southern Pines in 1988.

In Southern Pines, Chris formed “Nightcast”, a 4-piece swing group, which he directed until the mid 1990s. During this time he returned to the printing business at Whistle Stop Press in Southern Pines while still freelancing for both jazz and classical music ensembles. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band and is presently its lead trombonist. He is also the trombone soloist for The Monolighters Orchestra in Raleigh.

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