Marching Band and Indoor Wind and Percussion Composer
Chris Ozley is a native of Augusta, Georgia. Recently, he received a Master of Music Composition degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with renowned educators and composers Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Russell Pinkston and Yevgeniy Sharlat. Chris has been staff wind and percussion arranger with Countermotion since 2010. Prior to joining the Countermotion team, he served as a batterie tech for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (Dubuque, Iowa), Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps (Jacksonville, AL) and the CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps (Rockmart, GA). Additionally, he has taught and arranged for Jacksonville State University, and he has taught at many notable programs in Georgia including Ringgold High School and Central-Carroll High School. Chris is currently pursuing his doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to teaching and arranging, Chris has had the privilege of performing with several outstanding organizations including the JSU Marching Southerners, the JSU PASIC Indoor Drumline, Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, and the CorpsVets 2006 I & E World-Champion Mallet Ensemble.
In December of 2014, Chris' concert band music was heard at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and was performed by the illustrious Canyon Ridge Middle School Honor Band under the direction of Amy Allison. Coinciding with his Midwest premiere, Chris was featured in the December 2014 issue of The Instrumentalist—a national magazine for band and orchestra. A sought-after arranger, Chris’ arrangements have helped band programs across the southeast earn several prestigious distinctions including Grand Championships, High Percussion Trophies and countless Best-In-Class Awards. Chris’ concert music is published by FJH Music and his own personal publishing house and can be found both on his website (www.chrisozley.com) and (www.JWPepper.com). He currently resides in Austin, Texas.