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Chris Murphree is currently a freelancing percussionist in Indiana, primarily working with Brownsburg and Plainfield High School. He served as an arranger and teacher to both schools for the 2018-2019 seasons. Prior to working with these schools he also served as an arranger and teacher for the Goshen High School Percussion program from 2015-2017. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Percussion in 2014. During his time at IU he served as the associate instructor for the Marching Hundred Drumline. His responsibilities included teaching and writing for the drumline throughout the fall season. His responsibilities at MTSU included teaching private lessons, working with the MTSU drumline, and teaching percussion ensemble.
Chris marched with Spirit of Atlanta in 2008 and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010. He also marched with Music City Mystique in 2010. He worked with the Troopers front ensemble in 2011, Phantom Regiment from 2012-2014, Blue Knights from 2015-2018, and is currently the Madison Scouts Front Ensemble Arranger/Coordinator for the 2019 season. He is also the front ensemble coordinator/arranger for 317 Performing Arts World Percussion Ensemble, Veritas, based out of Indianapolis, IN.
Throughout his career Chris has performed in several solo
and ensemble competitions, most notable being his performance with the IU Percussion Ensemble PASIC showcase concert in 2013. He also received a Performer's Certificate for his master's recital during his time at IU. While at MTSU Chris competed in the PASIC marching competition in Keyboard Individuals (5th in 2011) and Small Ensemble (3rd in 2011). He was a performing member of the MTSU PASIC Clinic Drumline in 2009 (snare) presenting a clinic on the incorporation of world percussion styles in to a drumline setting. He has performed as a featured soloist for several groups including the MTSU and Indiana Percussion Ensembles. His major influences include Erik Johnson, Lalo and Julie Davila, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, John Tafoya, Alan Miller, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson, and Leigh Howard Stevens.