Principal trombonist of the Virtuosi GUS Band, Ld. Chris Jeans is known as "The man with the golden trombone", he began his playing career in his home town of Yeovil, before moving onto become principal trombone of Sunlife, Desford Colliery, Grimethorpe Colliery, Rigid Containers, Ransome Band and the Black Dyke Mills Band.
He has held the title of "Champion Trombone Player of Great Britain" and also won the title "Brass in Concert Solo Champion" on two occasions. Chris has won the National Champion Band of Great Britain on seven occasions, European Championships on three occasions, Champion of Champions, All England Masters, French Open, British Open Championships three times, and hat-tricks on BBC's "Best of Brass" and Granada TV's "Band of the Year" competitions, to name but a few.
As a soloist, Chris has featured on television, radio and even been written about in the national press. He has toured extensively across the world, playing in prestigious concerts and appearing alongside many high profile artists such as Tony Bennett, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Lesley Garrett and the London Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Chris has performed in venues such as the Carnegie Hall (New York), and the Royal Albert Hall (London) and must be the only soloist to perform at 35,000 in the air! He was the first brass band trombonist to produce his own solo album, his latest on the World of Sound Label Blue Jeans, and he has also got three books bearing his name with EMI & Kirklees Music. Chris has been an endorsee, soloist and clinician for Antoine Courtois, now part of the Buffet Crampon SAS Company for over 30 years.
For the past 25 years, he has been the Artistic Director of Music at Youth Brass 2000, which are the current British Open Youth Champions, Championship Section National Youth Champion Band of Great Britain, Butlins Youth Champions and BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year. The band has won many major awards and has performed numerous times at the School Proms, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
As an educator, Chris is the Brass Co-ordinator at Leicester Grammar School, a position he has held for over 25 years. He is also the trombone tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. As an adjudicator Chris is regularly invited to adjudicate at the Sion Music Festival in Switzerland, Brass in Concert held in the Sage at Gateshead, the French Open Brass Band Championships and Manx Music Festival in the Isle of Man.
In 2009, Chris was presented with the Brian Hicks Memorial Award for his continued service and outstanding dedication to youth brass bands in Great Britain. In 2010 he formed his own jazz band "Chris Jeans and his Crazy Love Band". In 2013 Chris was awarded the All England Masters International Dedicated Service Award and in the same year he was also awarded from the Worshipful Company of Musicians "The Mortimer Medal" and made a Freeman of the City of London. In October 2014 Chris was nominated for Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year and to also have the BBC announce Chris, as "A National Treasure" is the icing on the cake!!