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     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.     












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                                   Jazz Artists 

Maynard Ferguson (Touring - 2 1/2 years) 

New York Voices 

The Manhattan Transfer

Woody Herman Orchestra 

Maria Schneider Orchestra 

Chuck Mangione 

Chico O’Farrill Orchestra 

Buddy Rich Band 

Louie Bellson Big Band 

Dizzy Gillespie 

Al Hirt 

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)
Patti Austin
John Pizzarelli
Bobby Caldwell
Debby Boone
Audra McDonald
Rosemary Clooney
Maureen McGovern
Paul Anka
Jack Jones
Harry Connick, Jr.
Michael Feinstein
Dame Edna
Phil Collins
Van Morrison
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Don Rickles
Donny Osmond
Steve Lawrence & Eyde Gorme
Roger Williams

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                        BROADWAY CREDITS

As a full time regular

**Includes original cast album

Something Rotten 2015-16**
Rocky  2014**
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**
Fosse  1998-2001**
Street Corner Symphony  1997
Annie   1997


[In between permanent runs subbing on countless shows not listed]


                         Rock and Pop Acts


Blood Sweat & Tears (Touring - 2yrs.)
Aretha Franklin
Deep Purple
Cheap Trick
The Temptations
The Four Tops
The O’Jays
The Fifth Dimension
Donny Osmond
Frankie Valli
Coco Lee
Dallas Cowboys Band (1987-89)


ELEMENT MUSIC NYC --

Trumpet, contractor, talent recruitment and management, full time production staff, music librarian. 2006-present.

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