Originally from Erie, PA, Kris Hammond is a professional trumpet player and teacher in Houston, TX. He attended the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, and earned his BM in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University. Mr. Hammond completed 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. He is currently the Acting Asst. Principal/Section Trumpet of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kris served in the U.S. Navy as trumpet instrumentalist assigned to the “7t h Fleet Band” in Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan. He rode upon the flagship USS Blue Ridge 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 co-principal trumpet on joint concerts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. When Honorably Discharged in 2005, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
As a student at FSU he was a finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA in 2008. He was on the faculty for the FSU Summer Music Camp where he taught private lessons, gave masterclasses, and played solo recitals.
From 2014 to 2018, Kris was a full-time member of the Axiom Brass. Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” As the only Brass Quintet in 27 years to ever with the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea. Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians. They have most recently been at two-time finalist at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan (2016 and 2017) as the only brass group to qualify for competition.
Kris joined the brass staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and is the lead trumpet instructor. Previously, he was the Field Staff Coordinator, Senior brass staff member, and trumpet instructor of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 to 2019. In 2006 he was on the brass staff for Teal Sound (Jacksonville, FL) and in 2008 he was the brass caption head for the Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps (Spokane, WA). The corps was awarded “Most Improved Corps,” had their first finals appearance in 7th place, and highest score in the corps’s history with a 4th place horn-line.
As a full-time member and principal trumpet of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago he worked with principal conductor, Cliff Colnot, and performed major works at the Symphony Center and throughout the Chicagoland area. He has worked with distinctive guest conductors including Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Xian Zhang, Jaap van Zweden, Edwin Outwater, Erik Nielsen, Alastair Willis, Susanna Mälkki, and Sir Mark Elder.