Director of Jazz Ensembles and Facilities
Christopher Hollar is the Director of Jazz and Facilities at with the Department of Music Activities at Texas A&M University. His duties include directing the university jazz ensemble program and coordinating percussion for the department of Music Activities. Mr. Hollar oversees all recruiting, performance and administrative duties of the jazz ensembles. In addition, he is the facility manager for the John D. White ’70 – Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center.
Mr. Hollar holds a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee where he was awarded the Bill Harms undergraduate scholarship in jazz percussion. He earned his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Tennessee and was awarded as a graduate teaching assistantship in percussion with the University of Tennessee Bands.
Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M Mr. Hollar taught percussion at Mars Hill College in North Carolina and at Maryville College in Tennessee. He has also taught in the Tennessee public schools at Anderson County High School where his ensembles consistently received numerous superior ratings, best in class and sweepstakes awards.
Mr. Hollar’s professional memberships have included the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators, Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia of America
Mr. Hollar is an accomplished jazz / studio drummer who maintained an active professional playing career as a drum set artist and percussion educator in the Knoxville / East Tennessee area and currently in the Bryan / College Station community.
Mr. Hollar is also a three year veteran performing member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta Georgia.