Chris received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from the University of Georgia. There, he studied with Dr. Jean Martin-Williams and performed as principal player in the Band, Orchestra, and The Georgia Brass ensemble, led by world renown Canadian Brass trumpeter, Fred Mills. He won many awards while attending UGA including the Orchestra’s concerto competition where he performed the first movement of Strauss’ 2nd concerto with the orchestra.
After graduating in 2003, Chris won a job with The U.S. Air Force Band in Washington D.C. playing with the Ceremonial Brass. There, he performs for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery as well as for world leaders and dignitaries at the White House, Pentagon, and around D.C. He has had the honor of playing with many other groups in D.C including the Apollo Orchestra, Choralis, and the National Cathedral Choral Society.
Chris and his wife, Sarah, own Topakustik USA which distributes a Swiss acoustical wooden product to the U.S. market. These wooden planks and panels can be found in Concert Halls, Atruims, and major Universities across the country including Harvard, Cornell, and Princeton. They can even be seen on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show or in the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai.
Brett has been playing the horn since he was eleven and has been actively composing since he was fifteen. He is an avid composer of music for brass instruments, especially for horn. He has composed many works for brass quintet and tuba quartet as well as numerous other solo works for brass. Brett has a DMA from the University of Maryland in horn performance where he studied with Gregory Miller and Martin Hackleman. His BM in horn from Youngtown State University includes a minor in composition. While there, he studied horn with Bill Slocum and composition with Dr. Edward Largent. His MM in horn from Indiana University includes a cognate in composition, where he studied horn with Michael Hatfield and composition with Sven-David Sandstrom and David Dzubay.
His horn studies began with his father, Larry Miller and his composition studies with Sam D’Angelo. Brett has 17 works for various brass instruments published by Solid Brass Muisc, Eighth Note Publications, the Tuba-Euphonium Press and Potenza Music. Brett has received commissions from Youngstown State University, the Serapis Foundation, the D.C. Capitol Pride Band and numerous solo artists. His Six Moods for Euphonium and Piano can be found on Danny Helseth’s 2008 release from Potenza Music, Snapshots. Brett has performed as a hornist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Brass Mosaic brass quintet. Currently, Brett is a member of the United States Air Force Concert Band.