Originally from Portland, OR., Christopher's 17 year hiatus before returning home in 2012 included 4 years in the Marine Corps, a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, various teaching positions at his alma-mater, several overseas tours (including a European tour with the Roy Hargrove Quintet), a music video with the R&B star Beyonce, teaching positions at Jazz workshops both in and outside of the U.S., TV appearances for the History Channel, Master Card commercials, and movies such as "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "American Gangster". He's also the recipient of the "Pee Wee Russull" scholarship (NJ Jazz Society), and was named the 2007 "Artist of the Year" through the "Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute" at PSU. Some of his other performance and/or recording credits include Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Charles Fambrough, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Arturo O'Farrill, Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, Ralph Bowen, Ralph Peterson Jr., Geoff Keezer, Mel Brown, Sean Jones, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Mathews, Stanley Cowell, Lonnie Plaxico, Roseanna Vitro, David Sanborn, Ben Wolfe, Bobby Watson, Ted Curson, Steve Turre, Javon Jackson, Don Alias, Paquito Di Rivera, David Liebman, Don Braden, Gerald Clayton, and many others. And he's currently the principle saxophonist with the 234th Army National Guard band out of Clackamas, OR.