Chip Crotts posing with his trumpet.

Cameron Crotts

Director of Jazz Studies 

Professor of the Practice


Dr. Chip Crotts is Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Highly active as a professional trumpet player, Chip has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and as a first call player, maintains an active career of national touring shows, regional symphony dates and local performances throughout the year. A Grammy nominated performer, Dr. Crotts has recorded and worked with hundreds of artists over the years, including Boston Brass, the Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others.


1994- BM in Music Business, East Carolina University

1998- MM in Orchestral Performance, Penn State University

2002 - DMA in Performance with a Jazz Emphasis, University of Texas-Austin





  • Jazz & Commercial Music
  • Brass Pedagogy and Education
  • Techniques for Instrumental Music Ensembles
  • Music and Health



Music and Health is an incredibly important aspect of a musician's life and has real world application beyond academia. The joy of music and its relation to health cannot be understated and in many ways, these may go hand in hand.

In terms of my own research agenda, I intend to find better ways to meld these areas together and am working towards showing improved health outcomes through wind instrument playing and advanced breathing techniques. Inclusion of peak brass performance, work with older citizens and focus on younger music students are focal points of my interests and will be mainstays in this research and testing.



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