A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Chris Castellanos received his formal education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Chris is a former member of the Dallas Brass and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, with whom he has also been a soloist. In addition Chris has shared the stage many times with the Utah Symphony, Miami Ballet, Rodney Marsalis Philidelphia Big Brass, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Jazz Connection, and the TAD Wind Symphony of Japan.
As a top call freelancer, Chris has played over 1700 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” and additional performances with Disney’s “The Lion King” and the musical “Spamalot”. Chris has backed countless headliners on the Las Vegas Strip. Most notably – Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Peter Cetera, Peabo Bryson, Kenny G, Robert Goulet, Olivia Newton-John, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Michel Legrand, Mannheim Steamroller, Yes, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Charlotte Church, Ricky Martin at the Latin Grammys and David Foster (“Hit Man” live album and DVD). He has also toured with Andrea Bocelli.
As an educator, Chris has performed and given masterclasses and clinics in every state of the US, as well as 30 countries. These include The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, The Sibelius Academy in Finland, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Texas Bandmasters Association, to name but a few.