Christopher Perez is in his 25th year as an active teacher, musician, presenter, adjudicator, composer and clinician who directs the Guitar Program at Freedom High School in Central Florida. His prior appointments include teaching Band, Percussion, Piano and General Music with the Kinnikinnick School District in Roscoe, Illinois, and in Orlando at Hunter’s Creek Middle School, Oak Ridge High School, and Howard Middle School. He is a 2017 GRAMMY Foundation Award “Teacher of the Year” Quarter-Finalist.
Having studied saxophone and percussion, Mr. Perez is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Music Education. For two seasons he was a drum major for the WIU Marching Leathernecks, and was a Student Conductor Competition Winner.
Mr. Perez is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), serving on the Guitar Council as the Southern Division Representative; the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) where he serves on the Secondary General Music Committee; the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also served for eight years, from 2009 to 2017, as the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Guitar Chair. For the OCPS All-County Guitar Festival he twice served as the 2012 High School Guitar Ensemble Clinician and the 2018 Middle School Guitar Ensemble Clinician.
As a composer and arranger, his music is published with Drop6 Media, Inc. and has several music arrangements on the Florida Bandmaster’s Association State Music List. Mr. Perez is a percussionist with both the Southern Winds Symphonic Band and Walt Disney World’s “ENCORE! Cast Performing Arts”. He continually serves on district, state and national level writing teams, developing guitar curriculum recommendations plus blueprinting, designing, writing and scoring EOC’s (End of Course Exams).
Mr. Perez presents professional development guitar sessions at local, state and national music conferences, of which several sessions are published online as webinars and blogs. His students and ensembles have consistently participated in music events on local, state, national and international stages including presenting clinics and performing at the FMEA All-State Music Conference and FMEA State Guitar Festivals; the Orange County Public Schools All-County Honor Guitar Festival, Music In-Services, and district events including the OCPS “State of the Schools Address” and “Teacher of the Year Ceremonies”; Walt Disney World, Sea World and Marriott Resorts; the Stetson University Guitar Ensemble Festival as well as community events in and around the greater Central Florida area. The FHS Guitar Orchestra, under his direction, performed in concert at the 2013 FMEA All-State Music Conference and twice in New York at the 2013 and 2017 Long Island Guitar Festival, NY. The Guitar Orchestra will perform in concert for the 2018 Florida Guitar Festival at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
He resides in South Orlando with his wife Stephanie and two sons, Evan and Brendan.