Chris Kaflik is returning for his sixth year teaching the Summer Symposium. After graduating from Carmel High School, Chris studied music education at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana. He studied euphonium with Dr. Mark Mordue and conducting with Dr. Thomas Caneva and Dr. Shawn Vondran. At Ball State, Chris participated in the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, the Ball State Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and several chamber ensembles.
Chris served as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne Indiana. He is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band has been consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalists and they are two time Grand National Champions (2006 & 2011). They have also won multiple Oklahoma State Championships. The Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble has performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, at Carnegie Hall, and will be performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December. Chris is also the Visual Caption Head at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps where he has been on staff since 2011.
During his time at Ball State, he worked with the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds and their extremely talented staff (2007-2011). Chris has also worked with several other bands across the country and in Europe. Chris proudly works with Jeff Young as a music and visual consultant for Dynamic Marching LLC, and serves as the visual caption head of the Bands of America Summer Symposium Marching Band Track. He is also an active adjudicator. Chris performed with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2010) and received several awards as a performer along the way.
Chris is a native to Carmel Indiana, but currently resides in Broken Arrow Oklahoma with his dog Rocky. He is thrilled to continue his involvement with the Summer Symposium, and looks forward to another outstanding year with the students and staff of the marching band track!