Staff Biographies

Dr. Chip Crotts

Dr. Chip Crotts serves as Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A GRAMMY nominated artist, 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 and ensembles, including Jamie Cullum, Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Rhythm and Brass, Natalie Cole, The O’Jay’s, Joan Rivers, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others.


Equally at home as a classical performer, Chip has presented numerous university recitals and masterclasses and has performed with the orchestras of North Carolina, Alabama, Huntsville, Charleston, Macon, Austin, Tuscaloosa, Altoona, Abilene, and Chattanooga, among others. He can also be heard on the SeaBreeze Jazz label, with groups such as the Bob Meyer Concept Orchestra and Third Coast Jazz Orchestra, as well as on the Grammy nominated “Celebration of Life” with Little Joe Y La Famiglia. Additional recordings include performances with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, Penn State Centre Dimensions and East Carolina Jazz Ensemble “A”. Dr. Crotts has also been a featured soloist in some of the world’s premier musical venues, including Birdland, Blues Alley, Blue Note, Le Duc des Lombards (Paris, France), the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.


As an educator and clinician, Dr. Crotts served as a past Director of the Alabama All-State Jazz Ensemble and presents clinics nationally on Brass Pedagogy, Jazz Pedagogy, Breathing for Wind Players and Versatility in Performance. Highly involved in the marching arts, Crotts has served as a brass instructor with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, The Blue Devils, The Cavaliers and is presently Brass Caption Manager for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Chip is very active as a clinician and adjudicator and has served in this capacity with organizations such as Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Japan, DCI Taiwan Marching Academy, Winter Guard International and numerous state and national music educator associations.


Currently, Dr. Crotts serves as Vice-President of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, as well as being a member of NAfME, the American Federation of Musicians, the Jazz Education Network and The International Trumpet Guild. He is a past fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and Music at the Banff Centre (Canada), as well as a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, Georgia Tech Foundation, and recent selection as a Georgia Tech “Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow”.


Dr. Crotts received his undergraduate degree in Music Business from East Carolina University, a Master 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 at Austin. His primary teachers include Ray Sasaki, Ray Crisara, John Daniel and Tom Huener, including additional studies with Boyde Hood and Roger Ingram.


Previously, Chip served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.

Dr. Mark D. Waymire

Dr. Mark Waymire is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to completing his doctoral degree in music education at The University of Mississippi, Dr. Waymire was Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University for four years. At Eastern, he directed the symphonic band and marching band, taught music education courses, as well as conducting, orchestration, and band arranging. At the 2005-2006 Eastern Michigan University Holman Center Faculty Awards Ceremony, Mark received EMU’s highest honor for his teaching rank, the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Prior to his appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Waymire taught in the Louisiana and Texas public schools. His diverse background of public school experience includes music education for students grades 4—12. He spent the majority of his public school years at Seguin High School in Seguin, Texas. While under his ten years of leadership, the Seguin Band Program experienced marked growth, gaining national recognition and many local and state honors. Personal honors include six H.E.R.O. teaching awards, nine appointments to WHO’s WHO in American Education, and two presentations for the National President’s Award for Education Excellence. While at Seguin, Mark also taught adjunct courses at Texas Lutheran University.

Additional university degrees include a bachelor degree in music education from Louisiana State University, and a master degree in conducting and music history from Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Waymire is a much sought after adjudicator and clinician for local, state, national, and international music events. Additionally, he is an active consultant and designer of school music education curricula.

Dr. Waymire’s research interests are diverse, but currently focus on expert teaching pedagogy effectiveness as measured by student performance outcomes at the k–12 and collegiate levels. Additional interests include the investigation and development of innovative and effective music education degree curriculums. Mark has given public presentations of his research and pedagogy expertise at music symposiums in California, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Dr. Waymire has been selected to present at the National Association for Music Education Research Convention in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and most recently presented his research in Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Society for Music Education.

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