Chicago based trumpeter Kris Hammond was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He moved to Greenville, SC and attended the Fine Arts Center. He earned his BM in trumpet performance from Florida State University, his MM in trumpet performance and literature from Northwestern University, and his primary teachers have been Dr. Christopher Moore, Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, and Christopher Martin.
In 2001, Kris served in the U.S. Navy as trumpet instrumentalist assigned to the “7th Fleet Band” in Yokosukashi, Kanagawa, Japan. He rode upon the flagship USS BlueRidge and traveled to more than 14 countries in the South Pacific as lead trumpet in the big band and brass quintet. While in Japan, he also served as coprincipal trumpet on joint concerts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. When Honorably Discharged in 2005, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
While a student at FSU he was a finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition [NTC] in Fairfax, VA in 2008. In the summer of 2009, he was on the faculty for the FSU Summer Music Camp wherein he taught private lessons, gave masterclasses, and played solo recitals. Hammond has also taught many summers with Drum Corps International [DCI]. Currently, he is on brass staff with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Crosse, WI.
Kris was a fulltime member and principal trumpet of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) from 2010 to 2012. Led by the principal conductor, Cliff Colnot, the Civic Orchestra performed major works at the Symphony Center and throughout the Chicagoland area under distinctive guest conductors including Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, EsaPekka Salonen, David Robertson, Xian Zhang, Jaap van Zweden, Edwin Outwater, Erik Nielsen, Alastair Willis, Susanna Mälkki, and Sir Mark Elder.
He is currently (and is excited to be!) a member of the Axiom Brass Quintet. In high demand as a freelance musician, Hammond has played with many local orchestras including the Chicago Philharmonic, the Dubuque Symphony, the Oistrach Symphony, and the Chicago Chorale. He teaches private lessons, arranges, and tunes pianos in the Chicagoland area. In his free time, Kris practices his golf swing and cooks vegetarian recipes.
Kris performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes.
Mutec Staight Mute - MHT110 - MHT108 - MHT107 - MHT116
Mutec Cup Mute - MHT146 - MHT149
Mutec Harmon Mute - MHT123 - MHT131
Mutec Plunger - MHT260
Mutec Practice Mute - MHT161