Chris Clark started C3 Compositions in 2014 with the goal of providing great jazz and concert band music that can be attained at all levels of development. C3 Compositions (named C3 to represent Chris’s initials of CCC) provides middle school, high school, and collegiate educators and musicians alike with quality music - whether commissioned or pre-composed- that will sound great regardless of the level of the ensemble.
Chris Clark was raised in Waco, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a trumpet emphasis from Baylor University. Chris also earned a Master of Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied Jazz Composition with Thomas Matta. Chris has also been fortunate enough to study with Bob Lark, Wiff Rudd, Alex Parker, Tim Coffman, Bob Palmieri, and Brent Turney. Chris has had many opportunities to perform in both the Dallas and Chicago areas. He has shared the stage with artists such as Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Metzger, Nicholas Payton, Rufus Reid, and Maria Schneider, among others. Although Chris spends his days teaching middle school band in Plano ISD, he keeps a busy performing schedule in several groups around the Dallas area.
Chris has had the opportunity to compose and arrange custom music and commissioned pieces for the Waco Jazz Orchestra, Baylor Jazz Ensemble, DePaul Jazz Orchestras, American Jazz Composers Orchestra, Jazz Icon Phil Woods, as well as Dallas area jazz ensembles and various middle school and high school band programs.
Chris currently resides in Dallas, TX with his lovely wife and 2 beautiful children. He is Director of Bands at Hendrick Middle School in Plano ISD.
"Market St," a new ECM commission by Vela MS to be premiered at Texas Music Educator's Association Convention in February, 2020!