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Christopher J. Woodruff

Associate Director of Bands


Office Hours Spring
MW: 16:00-17:00
TR: 15:00-16:00


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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. As Instructor of Trumpet he also coaches the Cal Poly Brass choir and teaches courses in brass pedagogy.

He maintains a full schedule of guest conducting and coaching ensembles in California and across the nation. Harboring a keen interest in new music for large and chamber ensembles, Woodruff has presented premieres of works by Justinian Tamusuza and Shelley Foster Gurin. In 2016, he was appointed as an assistant conductor for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. He has been a regular guest conductor for the Penn Central Wind Band, San Luis Chamber Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. Recently, he was a guest conductor for two programs of the Cal Poly Symphony. For the past season, he conducted the San Luis Chamber Orchestra in their finale concert for the 2015-2016 season, which also featured Adam Clark on piano. The program included Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and Fucik's Florentinermarsch.

An active trumpet performer, Woodruff has been a member of numerous professional and community ensembles. He has been featured in solo works for trumpet with the Penn Central Wind Band, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra. He has studied trumpet with James West, Joseph Jamerson, Adam Luftman, Rex Richardson and Jose Sibaja.

Having spent summers at various music institutes while in high school, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center, Woodruff pursued the bachelor's degree in music education at Louisiana State University. He continued his studies in conducting at Northwestern University, where he received the Eckstein Band Conducting Grant and completed the master of music. His principal conducting teachers have included Frank Wickes, John Paynter, Stephen Peterson, and Mallory Thompson. 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.

Mr. Woodruff holds professional memberships with the College Band Directors National Association, 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
  • MU 360: Music in the Classroom
  • Conducting
  • Mustang Band
  • Wind Orchestras
  • Cal Poly Symphony Orchestra
  • Applied Trumpet
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Brass Choir
  • Brass Quintet
  • Brass Methods