Christopher Dobbins

Washington and Lee University Wind Ensemble, Washington and Lee University Orchestra, Freelance

Quick Facts:

Nationality: USA
Artist Since:2016
Influences:My Dad | My many positive music teachers
Mac or PC:Mac
iPhone or Android:iPhone
Facebook or Twitter:Facebook

Banded Story:

I realized that music was a part of who I was when I was sitting in a music education forum as part of my All-State Band experience when I was a junior in high school. I realized then that music was something that I couldn't live without, and that I wouldn't be truly happy if not pursuing it professionally. The old saying goes "Pick a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life". That is absolutely true for me. Music lets me interact with students, perform great works with numerous people and age groups, and to impact the musical lives of others. I love it so much I'd do it for free...but they pay me to do it, and thats the best part! I can't imagine a better way to spend my professional life.


Christopher Dobbins is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Washington and Lee University, where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, and teaches conducting and music education courses.  Prior to his appointment at WLU, he served as Director of Bands at Sul Ross State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and taught courses in conducting and music education.  Prior to teaching at SRSU, he was Instructor of Brass at Our Lady of the Lake University, Instructor of Trombone at Texas A&M International University, and Director of Bands at Saint Mary’s Hall College Preparatory School.  He also serves as Assistant Director of the International Trombone Festival.  Chris earned the Bachelor of Music in Education and in Trombone Performance from Hastings College, the Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Utah, and is completing requirements for the Doctor of Education in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Chris is active as a wind conductor and clinician, and is an Educational Clinician for Jupiter Band Instrument Co.  He resides in Lexington, VA with his beautiful wife, daughter, and houseful of furry children.