Christopher Hollar is the first appointed Director of Jazz Ensembles and Athletic Pep Bands at Texas A&M University. Under this title his duties include directing the University Jazz Big Bands and Hullabaloo athletic pep band. Mr. Hollar oversees all recruiting, performance and administrative duties of these ensembles and also serves as percussion coordinator for the Department of Music Activities.
As director of the University Jazz Ensembles program Mr. Hollar initiated and developed a quality, university level big band jazz ensemble program that performs regularly on the university campus and in the Bryan / College Station community.
Serving as the first appointed director of the Hullabaloo athletic pep band, Mr. Hollar created a 120 member, highly successful and popular pep band program that supports the university athletic departments volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams with regular performances in Reed Arena and in Big XII, SEC and NCAA Tournament performances throughout the United States.
Mr. Hollar holds a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Tennessee where he was a recipient of the Bill Harms Scholarship for Jazz Percussion and served as a graduate teaching assistantship in percussion with the University of Tennessee Bands. In 2014 Mr. Hollar was nominated for the John J. Koldus award in the Department of Student Affairs for his service to the university.
Previously Mr. Hollar has taught applied percussion, percussion ensemble and instrumental percussion methods at Maryville College in Tennessee and Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He has also taught in the Tennessee public schools at Anderson County High School where his ensembles received numerous superior ratings, best in class and sweepstakes awards.
Before coming to A&M, Mr. Hollar maintained an active professional playing career in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area with his own trio and as a regular featured drummer in pops concerts with the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, including premier performances with such artists as Bill Crofut and Chris Brubeck, Susan Anton, Gary Foster and Byron Stripling. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Hollar is also a three year veteran performing member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Hollar’s wife is Susannah, a former collegiate equestrian rider and veterinary pharmaceutical technician from Roswell Georgia. They have a son, Christopher Eben.
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