Chris Leiper is a trumpet player based out of Tampa, FL where he attended the University of South Florida and completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. A native of Englewood, FL, Chris has been involved in the pageantry arts for the past eleven years. This is his third season with Horizon Winds.
Chris is the Band Director at Pinellas Park High School in Largo, FL. Chris has also served as a visual designer and caption head for the Booker High School Whirlwind Brigade in Sarasota, FL from 2014-2016 and was a brass instructor for the Joe E. Newsome High School Wolfpack Marching Band from Lithia, FL in 2017.
He was a marching member of the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Inverness, FL in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014 before aging-out with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, WY in 2016. Chris will be returning to Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps this summer on their brass staff. Away from teaching, Chris plays principal trumpet for the Sarasota Pops Orchestra and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.