Craig lives in Greenville SC enjoying an active and varied performing and teaching career. He has degrees in trumpet performance from Yale University School of Music (MM) and Furman University (BM). As a freelancer he performs frequently with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, GAMAC Orchestra, West End Brass Quintet, GSO Quintet, Greenville Jazz Collective, and on occasion the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and South Carolina Philharmonic. Past highlights include performances at Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center, with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Broadway shows on local stops, Ringling Bros Circus, orchestras with Johnny Mathis, Edwin McCain, Bela Fleck, winner of the Toad's Place Battle of the Bands in New Haven, CT with salsa band Sonido Unidad.
Craig teaches trumpet at Converse College, Lawson Academy of the Arts, and North Greenville University where he also serves as Director of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. In the past he has taught Intro to Music and Jazz Appreciation courses at Furman University and NGU.
Released September of 2017, his album of original music, Blue Metropolis, is available on CD, vinyl, and digital download (www.craigkingmusic.com). Upon release, the album was featured on WNCW's "New Tunes at Two" and included in a weekly highlight playlist by British alternative music blog For The Rabbits.
In his spare time, Craig is painting portraits (www.craigkingart.com), perfecting his from-scratch pizza recipes, indulging in cold brew coffee infusions, and singing Dylan tunes to the otherwise neglected houseplants.
I've done just about every wrong thing that a trumpet player can do. I stretched for high notes. I didn't warmup. I injured my lip, almost quit, labored on multiple embouchure setups, looked to mouthpieces and equipment for answers. Tried a rolled-out embouchure, rolled-in, puckered, high placement, low placement, side placements, excessive aperture control. It was a sad laboratory of trial-and-error experiments and I was the rat.
But in the process I learned what it takes to play the instrument easily and effectively. I know how hard it can be. But I also know how easy it can be.
I welcome students of all ages. The only requirement is a genuine hunger to learn and improve and a willingness to work.