Dr. Chip Crotts serves as Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA. Previously, Chip served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin.
A GRAMMY nominated musician, Crotts has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and maintains an active career as a first call musician for national touring shows and orchestral dates throughout the United States. Chip has toured and worked with numerous international artists over the years, including Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Rhythm and Brass, Natalie Cole, The O’Jay’s, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others.
He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University, a Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance from Penn State University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance with a Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas-Austin.
Highly involved in the marching arts, Dr. Crotts has served as a brass instructor with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, The Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard and is currently Brass Co-Caption Head for the 19-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils. Chip is very active as a clinician and adjudicator and serves in this capacity with organizations such as Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International and numerous state and national music educator associations.
A Bach Performing Artist and Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.