Chris Ott is a trombonist, beatboxer, composer, arranger, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Along with being a founding member of the band Huntertones, he has also shared the stage with Ricky Martin, Allen Stone, Umphrey's McGee, Jeff Coffin, Lew Soloff, and performed with the national tour of Guys and Dolls, The Disneyland All-American College Band, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and many others.
Chris’ composition work can be heard on Huntertones Live (2016) and Huntertones self-titled EP (2015). His piece "Welcome the the Neighborhood" has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition. In 2015 and in 2017 he was a recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, and was also the winner of the National Trombone Composition Competition for the American Trombone Workshop in 2017. As an educator Chris has presented masterclasses and clinics in schools throughout the country. He's also served as a musical ambassador for the American Music Abroad program, presenting workshops and concerts in Bermuda, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Togo, and Zimbabwe with Huntertones. Other teaching positions include work with the Miami Valley Jazz Camp, Jazz Arts Group Columbus, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
Chris hails from Kettering, Ohio and studied Music Education and Jazz Performance at The Ohio State University. He received a Masters in Jazz Trombone Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Another side of his musical personality includes playing more obscure instruments like toy trumpets, slide whistles, and conch shells. His video “Toy Trumpet Virtuoso” has received millions of views all over the internet!
Chris performs on a King 2101L Trombone and exclusively uses Warburton Mouthpieces.