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Christopher J. Woodruff

Associate Director of Bands

45-214A

Summer Term Office hours:
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Christopher Woodruff joined the faculty at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2006. In addition to his responsibilities with the concert and athletic bands, he teaches courses in music theory, and music appreciation. For winter and spring of 2013, he served as conductor of the Cal Poly Symphony Orchestra. As Instructor of Trumpet he also coaches the Cal Poly Brass choir and teaches courses in brass pedagogy.

Woodruff received the bachelor's degree in music education at Louisiana State University and taught high school band for several years in Florida. He continued studies in conducting at Northwestern University, where he received the Eckstein Band Conducting Grant and completed the master of music. While in Chicago, he served as Music Director of the Spring Valley Concert Band and was a guest conductor for the Northshore Concert Band and the Northshore Chamber Orchestra. His principal conducting teachers have included Frank Wickes, John Paynter, Stephen Peterson, and Mallory Thompson. He has studied trumpet with James West, Joseph Jamerson, Timothy Morrison, Jeff Connor, and Jose Sibaja.

He maintains a full schedule of guest conducting and coaching, working with school bands and honor bands in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and California. He has presented courses on conducting, rehearsal methods and brass pedagogy. His most recent appearances include serving as guest conductor for the Merced Mariposa Counties Honor Band Association and for the Western Band Association near Palo Alto, California.

Woodruff began playing the trumpet at age 12. While in high school, he was invited to participate in the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Music Institute. Trumpet paved the way for an eventful five-year experience at LSU and opened a few doors at Northwestern. He has performed solo works for trumpet with the Penn Central Wind Band, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Woodruff holds professional memberships with the College Band Directors National Associtaion, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the International Trumpet Guild. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda and is chapter co-sponsor of Iota Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

When he's not preparing lectures, designing marching band drill or practicing, he may be found cycling the roads amongst the vineyards of San Luis Obispo County or exploring the universe in a TARDIS.

Course Portfolio

  • MU 101: Music Theory
  • MU 120: Music Appreciation
  • Conducting
  • Mustang Band
  • Wind Orchestras
  • Cal Poly Symphony Orchestra
  • Applied Trumpet
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Brass Choir
  • Brass Quintet
  • Brass Methods