A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Chris Castellanos received his formal education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Chris has held positions with the Dallas Brass and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, with whom he has also been a soloist. In addition Chris often performs with the Utah Symphony, Sinfonia Salt Lake, Rodney Marsalis Philidelphia Big Brass, Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Jazz Connection, Miami Ballet and the TAD Wind Symphony of Japan.
As a top call freelancer, 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, Eastman School of Music, 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.
Chris currently is co-owner, hornist and arranger for the prestigious Boston Brass, with whom he tours full time.