Saxophonist, Chris Rochester, was born and raised in Kissimmee Florida. He began playing clarinet at the age of 11, and then at the age of 12 joined his middle school band where he first picked up the alto sax. Jazz was introduced into his life by Russ Weaver, one of the most influential teachers in his life. In 2002 he attended the Osceola County School for the Arts, which is where he began to truly develop his knowledge of jazz. In his senior year of highschool he made it into one of the Florida All State Bands. He then decided to attend the University of South Florida on a full scholarship.
Chris has studied with many professional musicians. While in Florida he has also studied with the late Maynard Ferguson’s Danny Jordan, Cirque Du Soleil’s Alain Bradette, and USF’s Jack Wilkins and Valerie Gillespie.
To further his creativity in music, he decided to attend Berklee College of Music. Where through diversity he can truly blossom into the musician he aspires to be.
Experience & Education
in Jazz Studies at University of South Florida2007 to 2009 (2 years)
High school. in Jazz at Osceola County School for the Arts2003 to 2007 (4 years)