The Denis Wick Ambassador roster is comprised of world-class professional performers, educators, and clinicians, showcasing some of the very best talents from all across the United States. Ambassadors proudly use a wide variety of Denis Wick Products in their daily performance teaching.
Christopher is a trombonist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based outside of NYC, but more accurately based on the internet. He has been playing piano since he was 6 years old, trombone since he was 10, and he has been composing/arranging since he was 12.
Christopher has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera), Denson Paul-Pollard (Metropolitan Opera), John Fedchock (Grammy Nominated Jazz Trombonist), and the absolutely incomparable Timothy Albright.
Christopher is best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. His YouTube Channel has been gaining popularity since the spring of 2014 when a cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” where Christopher uses a looping station to compose the song on the spot went viral. His videos have amassed over 24 million views and a following of over 140,000 subscribers. In April of 2014, Christopher independently released his first cover album, Breakthrough, which was followed by his Christmas album, Smiling’s My Favorite. More recently, Christopher released an original pop album called Half Man, Half Machine which mixes acoustic sounds with electronic instruments.
Since graduating from the Purchase Conservatory, Christopher enjoys a busy schedule of performances, clinics, and masterclasses. In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for his YouTube Channel, he often performs at festivals such as the American Trombone Workshop, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Conn-Selmer Institute, Western International Band Clinic, and the International Trombone Festival.
Mr. Lucas has performed with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Empire Brass Quintet, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the American Classic Trombone Quartet (founder) & with orchestras in Minnesota, Texas, Rhode Island, North Carolina and New Mexico
Mr. Lucas has performed recitals & taught masterclasses throughout the world. Engagements in the United Kingdom included: Wigmore Hall (London), The British Trombone Society Festival, The Repton Brass Festival, The Royal Northern College of Music & Cheathams School of Music (Manchester), The Royal Academy of Music (London), The Guildhall School of Music (London), the Royal College of Music & The Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow). Engagements in Russia included: The Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), The Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg), & The Fine Arts Institute (Vladivostok). Engagements in South Korea included: Korean Trombone Festival, JeJu Festival, Seoul Trombone Ensemble and Wool Trombone Ensemble. Engagements in China included Shanghai Conservatory, Central Conservatory, Beijing, Xinghai Conservatory, Guangzhou, Shenyang Conservatory and the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts.
Other engagements included: Brazilian Trombone Association National Festivals (Rio de Janeiro & Brasilia), 3 International Trombone Festivals, UNIRIO, Rio de Janiero, the Conservatoire Superieur, (Paris, France), Melos Brass Festival, (Corfu, Greece), Franz Liszt Academy of Music, (Budapest, Hungary), 2 Trombones de Costa Rica International Brass Festivals (San Jose) Many International Trombone Festivals (Feldkirch, Austria &Aarhus, Denmark) & The International Trombone Symposium (Melbourne, Australia) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada)
Mr. Lucas has performed as soloist, recitalist & clinician in the United States at: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, The Julliard School, The Eastman School of Music, The U.S. Army Orchestra & Band "Pershings Own”, The U.S. Naval Academy Band, The West Point U.S. Military Academy Band, the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the New York Conference for Brass Scholarships, Masterworks Festivals, American Trombone Workshops (Wash. D.C.), Harmony Ridge Brass Festival (VT), 76 Trombones+4 Trombone Festival, Las Vegas, College Band Directors College Band Directors National Association Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Conventions, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, Virginia Music Educators Convention,, Christian Artists Music Festivals (CO) Director of Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute’s Trombone Workshops, Las Vegas Music Festivals as well as over a hundred appearances at universities, festivals, schools & camps.
Mr. Lucas' honors include the only Premeir Prix Diploma ever awarded to a brass player in the history of the Guildhall School of Music (London); Bronze Medal L’unamite and Finalist, Toulon International Solo Competition; First Prize Winner, ITA Frank Smith International Trombone Solo Competition; First Place "Fellow", Harmony Ridge Brass Festivals; First Place Solo & Group Competitions, National Christian Artists Seminar; & First Prize, The American Classic Trombone Quartet, First Prize, Summit Brass International Brass Chamber Group Competition, Alessi Seminar Participant.
Mr. Lucas has recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra & the American Wind Symphony. Solo and Brass Chamber Music selections were recorded on two C. D.s for North South Recordings and Warwick Music Publishers, U.K. He has released two Solo C. D.s Hymns for Trombone and Cantabile.
Mr. Lucas has premiered/commissioned many pieces for trombone from many composers including: Fisher Tull, Jacques Casterede, Derek Bourgeouis, Adam Gorb, David Maslanka, Bruce Stark, Franz Cibulka, Eddie Bass, Alun Hoddinott, Gary Belshaw & Daniel Schnyder.
Mr. Lucas’ student’s accomplishments include: positions in orchestras, service bands, touring shows & the music industry and many competition prizes including: 1st Place winners, Emory Remington ITA International Trombone Choir Competitions (2x’s) & winner, U.S. National Tenor Trombone and (2x’s) Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, First Place Winner in the ITA Alberto Gagliardi International Solo Competition, First Prize in “Slider Asia “ International Bass Trombone Competition, Finalists in ITA International Trombone Quartet Competitions (2x’s), ITA Frank Smith Award & semi-finalist, Tilden Prize, NYC and 1st Prize in the National Jazz Trombone Band Competition.
Mr. Lucas is the Trombone Professor & Chair of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion at Boston University. Prior to this he taught at Texas Tech University, Eastern New Mexico University and Sam Houston State University.
Mr. Lucas is a past President of the International Trombone Association and is an Artist/Clinician for the Eastman/Shires Company of Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA and a Denis Wick Products Ambassador.
Kelly Langenberg is a thriving performer and teacher with an ever-growing list of accomplishments and performing opportunities. Recent appearances include the Chicago Brass Festival with the Uber Horn Quartet, the 45th International Horn Society Symposium with the Chicago Horn Consort, and the National Trumpet Competition, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference with the Stiletto Brass Quintet, where her playing was reviewed as “ferociously powerful”. Kelly has been featured as a soloist with the Waukegan Symphony, Muscatine Symphony and Clinton Symphony of Iowa, and the Mount Prospect Community Band. Kelly is currently principal horn of the Battle Creek Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and the Light Opera Works Orchestra, and holds contracted positions with the Kenosha Symphony and Peoria Symphony.
Kelly is currently a member of the Alliance Brass Quintet, the Uber Horn Quartet, the Chicago Horn Consort, and the Kallima Wind Quintet. She frequently performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, ArsViva! Symphony, and Lake Forest Symphony. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra through the Kent Blossom Music Festival, the Tower Brass of Chicago, and was a member of the Quad City Symphony for eight years. She has performed in the US with the Boston Brass and internationally with the Yucatan Symphony of Merida, Mexico. Kelly's continuing passion for orchestral music study has taken her to the Aspen Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, and the Chautauqua Institute.
Kelly has performed live on Iowa Public Television, and can be seen performing on the internationally-released PBS Special Broadcast ‘Ethan Bortnick,”The Power of Music”. Recordings include the Stiletto Brass Quintet with Doc Severinsen (distributed on CD Baby), the Kallima Wind Quintet (Contemporary Record Society Label), and Music for Trumpet and Winds CD featuring John Hagstrom (Albany Records).
Ms. Langenberg earned a B.M.E. and B.M. from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and a M.M. in Horn Performance from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her primary teachers include Neil Kimel, Jon Boen, and Hans Clebsch. Ms. Langenberg is the horn professor at Illinois Wesleyan University and North Park University. Kelly Langenberg is a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician.
Kelly lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and twin daughters.
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Monica Benson is freelance trumpet player and music educator in the Chicagoland area. Her enthusiasm and experience range from classical to contemporary. Monica has performed with multiple ensembles and bands from all over including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Chicago Brass Band, The Illinois Brass Band, and the all-female 60s pop cover band The Bangers, During the summer months Monica can be found at The Arlington International Racecourse, playing the “Call to Post” as the official Arlington Bugler. Along with an active freelance career, Monica does a fair share of teaching. Aside from her own private studio, Monica also teaches in the DePaul Community Music School’s CPS outreach program and the Sistema Ravinia program during the summer. Monica is currently finishing the second year of her master’s degree in music at DePaul University