Born in Canonsburg, PA., Craig grew up in Ft. Wayne IN. He began playing trumpet at age 10. After graduating from North Side HS he spent four valuable years at the University of North Texas from 1985-89 and played lead trumpet in the UNT One O’clock Lab Band the final two years at North Texas, as well as being chosen as lead player for the 1987 Disney All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT Center. During this valuable time at UNT, he studied privately with the great Don “Jake” Jacoby for four years. In 1987 he also began many years of study with trumpet guru Bobby Shew.
In the fall of 1989 Craig was part of the first version of Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band and spent 2 and a half years as Maynard’s lead player. Following a move to New York in 1993, he did some touring with Jerry Lewis and 2 years with iconic band Blood Sweat & Tears. In the years since he has been in demand as a sideman in the pits and studios, working or recording with artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, John Pizzarelli, Woody Herman Orchestra, John Fedchock NY Big Band, Westchester Jazz Orchestra , New York Voices, Chuck Mangione, Audra MacDonald, Debby Boone, Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Dame Edna, Frankie Valli, Bobby Caldwell, Paul Anka, Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orch., Maria Schneider Jazz Orch., The Temptations, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, and many others.
Over twenty years of work on Broadway has featured 13 full time Broadway shows including lead trumpet on Something Rotten, Sister Act, Rocky, Elf, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Fosse.
Maynard Ferguson (Touring - 2 1/2 years)
New York Voices
The Manhattan Transfer
Woody Herman Orchestra
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Chico O’Farrill Orchestra
Buddy Rich Band
Louie Bellson Big Band
Dallas Jazz Orchestra (1987-89)
UNT One O’Clock Lab Band (1987-98)
John Fedchock NYBB (1995-present)
Westchester Jazz Orchestra (2005-2016)
Gotham Jazz Orchestra (2004-2015)
Gene Krupa Orchestra (2004-present)
Singers and Entertainers
Jerry Lewis (tours)
Harry Connick, Jr.
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Steve Lawrence & Eyde Gorme
As a full time regular
**Includes original cast album
Something Rotten 2015-16**
The Nance 2013
Sister Act 2011-12
Elf 2010, 2012**
All About Me 2010
Radio City Christmas Show 2008-10
Monty Python’s Spamalot 2005-09
Play Without Words 2005
Thoroughly Modern Millie 2002-04**
Street Corner Symphony 1997
[In between permanent runs subbing on countless shows not listed]
Rock and Pop Acts
Blood Sweat & Tears (Touring - 2yrs.)
The Four Tops
The Fifth Dimension
Dallas Cowboys Band (1987-89)
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Trumpet, contractor, talent recruitment and management, full time production staff, music librarian. 2006-present.