Chris O’Brien, a native of Benicia, CA, began playing the trumpet in fifth grade. Chris’ two younger siblings joined suit, and by the following year all three O’Brien kids were playing trumpet together. Sharing music with his family and their support encouraged Chris to practice and perform at the highest level which he attributes to his success thus far. During high school, Chris performed in several countries outside the U.S. including an international tour with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra to Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg.
Before attending college, Chris studied with Ron Blais, former cornet soloist of the United States Air Force Premier Band in Washington D.C. Chris holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Trumpet from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Professor William Campbell, and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at Penn State, studying with Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III. Currently, Chris is attending the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, in pursuit of a Graduate Certificate in Trumpet Performance studying with Thomas Hooten and Jennifer Marotta.
From performing in the world’s most revered concert halls to busking on the streets surrounding San Francisco’s Union Square, Chris is well-versed in a variety of musical styles from classical to jazz to pop. One of his favorite musical memories was marching as a Toy Soldier musician at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA for the Christmas Fantasy Show. The experience of playing for thousands of guests and seeing their amazed reactions made the physical demands of playing a herald trumpet while marching in a heavy soldier costume worthwhile.