Staff Directory

Chris Mell


Jazz Studies Director and Instructor

Chris Mell has been playing drums for over two decades. While attending UW-Whitewater pursuing a music degree, he studied and toured with John Becker, Steve Wiest, Ed Shaughnessy, Brad Leahi, Dave Pietro, Mike Spiro and the Maynard Ferguson Big Band. Chris also toured Europe two summers playing the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and several club dates in Germany, London and Paris.

As a percussion instructor, Chris has taught students ranging in age from 5 to 50 in a large variety of percussion styles. Chris most recently worked with Cudahy Marching band and Franklin High School Marching band.

Chris lives in Milwaukee and currently plays with North Cost Orchestra, Eric Jacobson Group, Avengers Assemble and Spanglish.

Programs

Jazz Studies