Reginald Chapman is an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator born in Williamsburg, Virginia. As a “frequent presence in big bands, orchestras, and alternative rock groups, Reggie has made an indelible mark as a [bass] trombonist with a huge sound, a taste for exploration, and an affinity for playing from the heart.” – RVA News Jazz
A multi-instrumentalist brandishing the tuba, harmonica, and bass trombone, Reggie is a sideman on more than a few albums, including Tim Barry’s “Rivanna Junction” (2006) and “Manchester” (2008 Suburban Home Records); Megafaun’s self-titled album (2011 Hometape Records); “Big Inner” (2012 Hometape and Spacebomb Records) by Matthew E. White; “Transcendental Youth” by The Mountain Goats (Merge Records 2012, named one of the top ten albums of 2012 by Time magazine); Samson Trinh’s “Very Strange Night” (2006, self-released) as a part of the Upper East Side Big Band; “Days and Dreams” (2011 Church Hill Records) by Tyler Crowley; “For Someone” (2008, self-released) with the Taylor Barnett 10-tet; and “Push/Pull” (2013 Parasol Records) by Elsinore.
A founding and current member of the No BS! Brass Band, Reginald’s compositions, vocals, and bass trombone sounds can be heard on “Where’s Stefan?” (2007), “Alive in Richmond” (2009), and “No BS!” (2010). His compositional stylings can also be heard on UTV.Chamber’s 2011 album “The First Letter.” This avant-pop ensemble, active from 2009-2011, was the house band for “The Black Hand Music Series,” a weekly listening-room event created and curated by Reginald at the Black Hand Coffee Shop in Richmond, Virginia. Reggie has since contributed his arranging and composing skills to The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Ensemble and The University of Illinois Black Chorus. In 2012 The University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble internationally debuted two of Reginald’s original compositions at the International Trombone Festival in Paris, France.
Reginald’s musical experiences are wide-ranging and cross-genre. As a classical musician he has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Prairie Ensemble, and has recorded an album with The Sycamore Brass. In 2009 he was the winner of The Music Teachers National Association Virginia Solo Competition. His indie, commercial, and jazz sensibilities have afforded him opportunities to perform at locations ranging from Birmingham, Alabama to Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, New York and The Troubadour and Fillmore West in California. While not touring and recording, Reginald has worked for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and the Disney All-American College Band 2013 at Disneyland.
Reginald’s more recent projects include The Reginald Chapman Group and an anticipated album release from Pressure Fit: Trombone Base. Chapman’s teaching experience includes his low brass studio, jazz combo, and brass coaching in various high schools throughout Illinois and Virginia as well as serving as Jazz Trombone Teaching Assistant to Jim Pugh at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2014 to 2015.
Reginald Chapman earned his B.A. in Classical Music Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University under the direction of Profs. Ross Walter and Rex Richardson. He was a member of the award-winning Jazz Trombone Ensemble at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his M.M.A. in Jazz Trombone Performance and is currently on sabbatical from a D.M.A. in Jazz Bass Trombone Performance with a cognate in Classical Compositions under the advisement of Prof. Jim Pugh.
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