Christopher Bill (born June 9, 1992) is an American trombonist, composer, arranger, and singer. He presents classically arranged popular songs multitracked on trombone, both live and in music videos found on his YouTube channel, ClassicalTrombone, which he introduced in 2011.
Bill performs a variety of music styles, from classical and jazz to pop and rock. Aside from original work, his discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks and his cover version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" went viral in 2014. As of September 2015, his ClassicalTrombone YouTube channel exceeded 100,000 subscribers and over 10 million total views.
Bill was born in Binghamton, New York. He grew up the youngest of four siblings. At six years old, he began taking piano lessons. At age ten, he decided to play the trombone and by age twelve he began composing and arranging.
Living in Endicott, New York, Bill attended Union-Endicott High School. While there he was an active member in the school's music program including being drum major for the marching band. During these years he was also a member of the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni, and the Syracuse Brigadiers.
Bill then went on to get his Bachelor of Music at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.
While he was studying at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Bill began arranging popular songs for trombone quartets. He would record himself playing all four parts, and then upload them to YouTube. The first song to gain popularity was Owl City's "Fireflies", which he uploaded in August 2012. In December 2012 he posted a new Christmas arrangement every day leading up until Christmas, calling it "The 25 Days of Christmas." He would go on to do a new 25 arrangements in December 2013, 2014, and 2015. Starting in July 2013, he began to post a new video every Saturday, and in February 2014 his video of Pharrell Williams' Happy went viral. As of December 2015 the video has over 2.8 million views.
Bill independently released two multitracked albums. In spring of 2014, Breakthrough, an album of pop and rock covers. In winter of 2014, Smiling's My Favorite, an album of Christmas songs.
Shortly after graduating from college, Bill began to perform his arrangements live. He has performed for audiences at the Conn-Selmer Institute, International Trombone Association Festival, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, American Trombone Workshop, Con Brio Music Festival, and Condé Nast Digital Day in Moscow.
Bill is a Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.Half Man, Half Machine (2017)
Smiling's My Favorite (2014)