Christian was born in Sacramento, California. He graduated from C.
K. McClatchy High School. After attending Sacramento City College he transferred
to San Jose State University where he received his B. A. and teaching credential
in 1966. Following three years in the U. S. Army, playing trombone in
both the United States and in Germany, he was hired by the San Lorenzo
Valley Unified School District as a music instructor in July, 1969. He
was the band director at the high school continuously for his entire career.
He taught at elementary and junior high levels also. June 16, 2000, after
thirty-one years of service to the district, he retired from teaching.
musical inspiration came as a result of attending a variety/talent show
at California Junior High when he was in seventh grade. Three junior high
boys performed "Lassus Trombone" on trombones of course. With the encouragement
of Bud Harpham, his junior high band teacher, he studied trombone privately
with Stan Smith, bass trombonist with the Sacramento Philharmonic.
in high school, he never played in the band. Instead, he played in the
Symphony Orchestra for three years. In addition, McClatchy High School
had a group called "The Melodiers". This is the 1950's version of a jazz
band. Outside of school he played in the youth symphony and was a member
of a band that played for dances.
years were spent at San Jose State. While there, he was a member of the
Spartan Marching Band for five years, three as section leader. He also
sang in the a capella choir and played in the Symphonic Band. In his senior
year, he was a featured soloist with the Symphonic Band, performing Wilson
Coker's "Concerto for Trombone with F Attachment".
his teaching career he was active in professional music education organizations
and is a Past President of Central Coast Section
of CMEA: The California Association for Music Education. As a retirement service to the CCS
he is managing the membership data base and creates printed programs, forms, and
certificates as well.
He plays trombone in the
Cabrillo College Symphonic Band and sackbut with the Antiquarian Funks. He is a charter
member of the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival board of directors. In addition he adjudicates, teaches
privately, and is available for consulting. During the summer, he is a guest performer with
the Ashland City Band in Ashland, Oregon.
and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 37 years and have two children,
Brent and Amy.
interests include digital photography, watching track and field,
mystery novels, the 49ers, SF Giants and computer projects.