Burnett Timeline

PHOTO: “The Burnetts” by Corinna Gray Photography

1950s

PHOTO: “First Haircut” Christopher, Barber (center), and Dad circa 1957

1955: Born in Olathe, Kansas to Violet Lorraine Jackson Burnett and Clifford LeRoy Burnett. The 5th of a total of 9 living children. The middle child, with two older brothers and two older sisters then two younger sisters and two younger brothers. Also see: BurnettFamilyUS.org

1957 to 1963: Lived in France, Michigan, and Colorado as an Active Duty US Military Family prior to father concluding his career and returning the family to the Kansas City metropolitan area.

1970s

PHOTO: Giving a clinic to the PHS Jazz Band

1970: St. James A.M.E. Church Junior Choir vocalist under the direction of Nevada Rosbia (Kansas)

1970: Clarinet and Saxophone study with James R. Fuchs (Kansas)

1972: Saxophone study with Charles “Charlie” Molina (Kansas)

1974: Selected for the Madrigal Singers vocal ensemble and studied Music Theory at Paola High School under the direction of Michael Lindeman (Kansas)

PHOTO: “Today’s Army Wants to Join You” (1971-1980) and “Be All You Can Be” (1980-2001) were the Army recruiting slogans during our era.

1974: Passed auditions for both the US Air Force; and also, for the US Army music programs – chose Army.

1974: US Army Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood offered a job opportunity with The White House Communications Agency (WHCA) due to high aptitude test scores, but remained on the path with the military to work as a Professional Musical Performing Artist instead.

1974: Armed Forces School of Music – Saxophone study with Eric Daniel, sat in with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble as a Basic Course Student, studied music theory, ear training, and ensemble performance at Basic Course (Virginia)

1975: Earned military occupational specialty as Saxophone Player.

1975: Saxophone Section Leader, Featured Soloist, and Supply Sergeant at 1st Infantry Division Band (Kansas)

1976: Purchased  Selmer (Paris) Saxophone – Set of Mark 7 alto and tenor saxophones

PHOTO: Us on the bus going to a performance somewhere in Germany, circa late 1970s

1977: Awarded THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL – SIGNED: CALVERT P. BENEDICT, Major General, U.S. Army, Commander, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) and Fort Riley on 17 January 1977 ( Note: 1 of 4 Army Commendation Medals awarded during career)

1977: Armed Forces School of Music – Saxophone study with Javier Gutierrez, music theory, ear training, arranging, drum majoring, conducting, ensemble performance at Intermediate Course (Virginia)

1977: Saxophone Section Leader, Featured Soloist, Supply Sergeant, and Staff Arranger at the 1st Armored Division Band (Germany)

1977 to 1980: Berklee College of Music Arranging and Composition Course (Boston)

1979: After a two-year engagement and touring Europe together with the Army band, married the flutist, Terri Anderson Burnett in Copenhagen (Denmark)

1980s

PHOTO: The feature article in “IRONSIDES” newspaper

1980: Saxophone Section Leader, Featured Soloist, Administration Sergeant, and Staff Arranger at First US Army Band (Maryland – Military District of Washington)

1981 to 1982: Conducting Study with Dr. Robert B. Tennyson through American University (Washington DC)

1982 to 1983: Armed Forces School of Music – Studied conducting with Gregory A. Prudom and Victor F. Owens, Dick Grove School of Music arranging course with Charles S. Clarke and Advanced Theory with Dr.(and concurrent Army Staff Sergeant) Vernon Boyd, company management, march composition, ear training, ensemble performance at Advanced Course (Virginia)

1983: Armed Forces School of Music – Graduated from Advanced Course with a 3.05 Audition Score (Major Command Band Qualification, C1) as a Saxophone Artist and qualified for all Senior Positions within Army band organizations 

1983: Armed Forces School of Music – Accepted into the Army Warrant Officer Bandmaster Program, but did not become a Warrant Officer Bandmaster

1983 to 1990: Woodwind Group Leader, Featured Soloist, and Staff Arranger at 399th US Army Band (Missouri)

PHOTO: Mr. Burnett is honored to be the USD 453 Woodwind Artist-In-Residence and Jazz Clinician

1983: Studied Woodwind Instruments with Bill Archer through Fontbonne University (St. Louis)

1983: Private Teaching Practice begins with Willie Meyers Thornton as the very first private music student (Missouri)

1983 to 1985: Studied the Joseph Schillinger System of Musical Composition volume I and volume II privately with O’tress L. Tandy (Missouri)

1984: AA in Business Administration and General Studies from Columbia College (Missouri)

1984: Awarded MACOM C1 Additional Skill Identifier (Major Command Band Qualification, C1) as a Saxophone Artist

1985 to 1990: Adjunct Faculty, Missouri Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri-Rolla) taught Music 036 Jazz Band approved by installation commander to be concurrent with active duty military service

1985: Offered 02S (Special Band) Jazz Saxophone position unsolicited by US Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights but was deemed mission essential by CWO Bucher and 1SG Moore and not released for this prestigious reassignment.

1989: Celebrated 10th Anniversary of Marriage to the flutist, Terri Anderson Burnett in Copenhagen (Denmark)

1990s

PHOTO: Conducting the NATO Ceremonial Band during an Honors Ceremony at AFSOUTH Headquarters (Naples, Italy)

1990: Handpicked by the Army Music Assignments Branch to serve in the NATO Band as the senior Army musician representative as a Woodwind Instrumentalist and an Ensemble Bandleader in one of two total US Army musician slots with the multi-service and multi-national Allied Forces Southern Europe (NATO) Band in Naples, Italy

1992: Awarded THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL – SIGNED: J. S. LAPOSATA, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Chief of Staff on 01 September 1992

1992: Staff and Faculty, Faculty Wind Ensemble, Faculty Lab Band, Featured Soloist and Student Company First Sergeant at Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA

1992: MACOM C1 Additional Skill Identifier recertification audition with 3.20 Audition Score on Alto Saxophone at Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA

PHOTO: Defense Meritorious Service Medal

1993: Awarded THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL – SIGNED: RONALD E. BROOKS, Major General, U.S. Army, Commanding on 21 April 1993 ( Note: 1 of 2 Army Meritorious Service Medals awarded during career)

1993: First Sergeant, Featured Soloist, and Enlisted Band Leader at 399th US Army Band (Missouri)

1994: Purchased  Selmer (Paris) Saxophone – Series II alto saxophone

1995: Won the National Federation of Music Clubs Five Star Award of Merit (Top Prize) for Original Composition and Arrangement for Large Jazz Ensemble titled, Daedalus

1995: Co-founded Burnett Music Company with Terri Anderson Burnett (Missouri)

PHOTO: L to R Bill Garlette, Christopher Burnett, Luis Branch at their Armed Forces School of Music Staff and Faculty Farewell (Virginia)

1996: Honorable Retirement from Active Duty Military Service (after 22 Continuous Years of Regular Army – Army Career & Alumni Program)

1996: Saxophone Lessons with Paul DeMarinis at Webster University (St. Louis)

1996: Saxophone Study with Jerry Greene (Patterns For Jazz)

1996: Letter of Appreciation, Subject: MISSOURI QUALITY AWARD – SIGNED: JOHN T. PARK, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Rolla on 29 January 1996

1996 to 2000: Adjunct Faculty, Missouri Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri-Rolla) taught Music 036 Jazz Band

1997: Established The Burnett Music Company, Inc. full-line music store and instrument dealer at St. Robert, MO

1997: Purchased a matching set of Selmer (Paris) Saxophones  Series III alto and soprano

1999: Celebrated 20th Anniversary of Marriage to the flutist, Terri Anderson Burnett in Copenhagen (Denmark)

1999: Debut Commercial Recording Release of “Time Flies” recorded at the former RCA Radio Studio (KTTK Radio – Max Rhoades, engineer) in Lebanon (Missouri)

1999 to 2003: Promoted worldwide by the Online Music Distribution website: MP3.com as an Artist via the Internet (San Diego)

2000s

PHOTO: The feature article in “ESSAYONS” newspaper

2001: Started writing articles for the original “Musings In Cbcolumn online at All About Jazz – a comprehensive portal and still arguably the largest jazz website in the world

2002 to 2007: Interned as Record Label Manager and Staff Arranger for a private Kansas City-based music label.

2003: Time Flieswas downloaded over 508,000 times by listeners from 38 countries at the close of MP3.com

2004: (November) Performed for the first time as a leader in Kansas City, leading the Blue Monday Jam at the Blue Room located on the corner of historic18th & Vine

PHOTO: Adjudicating the 18th & Vine Student Jazz Festival (Kansas City)

2006 and 2007: Featured Artist at The Drum Room in Kansas City

2007: Formed the Artists Recording Collective, a new concept music label brand and business model, with fellow saxophonist: Erica Lindsay and pianist: Sumi Tonooka (Kansas nonprofit organization)

2007: Featured Article in Jazz Ambassador Magazine (Kansas City)

2008: Joined the Faculty of Kansas City Youth Jazz by a personal invitation from co-founder, Leon A. Brady

2009: Celebrated 30th Anniversary of Marriage to the flutist, Terri Anderson Burnett in Copenhagen (Denmark)

PHOTO: The issue with ARC featured in Down Beat Magazine(March 2009)

2009: Artists Recording Collective featured in Down Beat magazine article

2009: Purchased Gold Brass (CR) Neck for Selmer (Paris) Series III Alto Saxophone

PHOTO: Presenting with Leon Brady at KBA

2009: Presented the transformative Kansas City Youth Jazz 12:30 Combo private jazz education program with Mr. Leon A. Brady at the Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention (Wichita)

2009: Elected by the organizational general membership to the Mutual Musicians Foundation At-Large Board of Directors (Kansas City)

2009: Participated in Black House Improvisors Collective and composed Cyclical Connotations for Residency #2

2009: Artists Recording Collective feature in Jazz Ambassador Magazine article

2010s

PHOTO: Roy Hargrove graciously took this photo with me during our festival (Kansas City)

2010: Conductor and Clinician for the KMEA Northeast All-District Honors Jazz Ensemble (Kansas)

2010: Live at the Hollywood Theater concert series Music Director (Leavenworth)

2011: Accepted Marketing and Communications Manager position with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City)

2011: American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) 2011 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival wins Kansas City Visitors’ Choice Award for BEST FESTIVAL

2011: American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) the 2011-2012 Jammin’ at the Gem performance series season sold out attendance and contributed to the organization’s balance sheet

2011: #4 on Plastic Sax Blog’s Kansas City Jazz Geniuses list …

PHOTO: Work Sample, American Jazz Museum 2013 Annual Report.

2012: Accepted personal invitation of Gene Hall to join the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Board of Directors

2012: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival winning the Kansas City Visitors’ Choice Award for BEST FESTIVAL

2012: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in the 2012-2013 Jammin’ at the Gem performance series season exceeding requisite attendance and contributing to the organization’s balance sheet

2012: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in Blue Room jazz club exceeding requisite attendance and contributing to the organization’s balance sheet

PHOTO: Henri Selmer at his shop in Paris, France. Christopher Burnett has played Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively since 1974.

2012: Officially named a CONN-SELMER PERFORMING ARTIST AND CLINICIAN. Christopher Burnett plays Selmer (Paris) Saxophones exclusively.

2012: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in the launch of a brand new website for the organization that features an enormous amount of viable content, yet is accessible with minimum clicks

2013: Participated in Black House Improvisors Collective and composed Osiris for Black House Collective Winter Workshop (Residency #11) collaborating with the Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art’s “Innovation Project.”

2013: Never satisfied with the original engineering on his debut recording, hires Don Miller of AIRBORNE AUDIO PRODUCTIONS to remix and remaster the project. ARC-2499 TIME FLIES (Remastered Collectors Edition) releases digitally in April and special collectors edition album in November on the Artists Recording Collective’s ARC recording label.

2013: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in the development and launch of AJM Mobile APP on both the APPLE APP STORE and the ANDROID MARKET; thus extending the global reach of the organization

PHOTO: Feature article in KC STUDIO MAGAZINE “The Vibration of Everything”

2013: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (re-branded Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival) winning the Kansas City Visitors’ Choice Award for BEST FESTIVAL

2013: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager work with the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City) resulted in the exhibition and public programming of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music reaching a large number of individuals and media outlets in the region

2014: Successful Marketing and Communications Manager for the new non-profit catalyst organization, Kansas City Jazz A.L.I.V.E. (Kansas City) contributed to significant and sustained media coverage at both, the local and national levels. His team was specifically cited in a Kansas City Business Journal article.

2014: After refining his work in music education to include a small private studio of students, working on the faculty of the Metropolitan Jazz Workshop program, and conducting clinics, Chris Burnett officially joined the music faculty as an adjunct professor and woodwind instructor at Metropolitan Community Colleges (MCC-Penn Valley).

2014: Maintaining a working group to perform and record his original work, Chris Burnett forms a new ensemble using his unabbreviated first name in the title of the group – CHRISTOPHER BURNETT QUARTET to anchor the project. CbQ released “Firebird“, the first single from the new album on the Artists Recording Collective’s ARC recording label.

PHOTO: Taken while covering the Command and General Staff College for the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper

2015: Appointed by the Missouri Arts Council to serve on the Advisory Panel for Multidiscipline for one term

2015: Conductor and Clinician for the KMEA Southeast All-District Honors Jazz Ensemble (Kansas)

2016: Served as the guest speaker for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Fort Leavenworth

2016: Invited by The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University to be its very first speaker in their new Self-Employment in the Arts series Download PDF of Mr. Burnett’s lecture, “The Story of a Song”

PHOTO: Kansas City Globe newspaper article

2016: Mr. Burnett leaves employment with the American Jazz Museum after 5 years of significantly contributing to that organization’s mission working primarily as Marketing Manager and Director of Communications, with concurrent duties at various points as Acting CEO and Director of Operations; and, immediately resumes his personal career as an arts organization & business professional, recording artist, educator, and entrepreneur in his native Kansas City area.

PHOTO: The Fort Leavenworth Lamp was a weekly print publication and is now online only

2016 to 2017: Accepts a position as the Staff Writer and Reporter with the Fort Leavenworth Lamp a weekly Kansas newspaper serving the military community for one year and wins First, Second, and Third division Kansas Press Association Awards for articles during both 2016 and 2017

2018: CHRISTOPHER BURNETT QUINTET Black Dolphin residency on the first Saturday of each month for one year

2019: Celebrated 40th Anniversary of Marriage to the flutist, Terri Anderson Burnett in Copenhagen (Denmark)

PHOTO: 2019 KCAYJ Fellows with Mr. Bill Crain and Mr. Joel Gordon at BRC Audio Productions

2019: The Burnetts form the private applied jazz education program, Kansas City Area Youth Jazz, and good friend, Bill Crain of BRC Audio Productions volunteered to host the program and serve as album producer (Kansas City)

2019: After owning the BurnettMusic.com URL from 1997-2019 we were approached by a firm to buy the domain name from us to help them with their branding. We still maintain a portal to our digital properties at BURNETTMUSIC.BIZ

2020s

PHOTO: “The Burnetts” by Corinna Gray Photography

2020: The Burnetts form a nonprofit organization, Burnett Music Foundation, and create programs from existing viable businesses Artists Recording Collective; Bird Boot Camp; Kansas City Area Youth Jazz; and, Jazz Artistry Now

VISIT: BurnettMusicFoundation.org

VISIT: BurnettSchool.net

VISIT: ArtistsRecordingCollective.biz

VISIT: TerriBurnettFlute.com

VISIT: ChristopherBurnett.us

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