Chuck Naffier has been involved in the marching band and drum corps and activity since 1980 as a performer, teacher, arranger, compose, program coordinator and consultant.
After aging out of the Colts Drum Corps in 1984 (Dubuque, Ia.) he spent several years on the brass staff both with the Colts and the Quad City Knights, while playing lead trumpet in Johnson County Landmark, the top jazz band at U of Iowa. From 1990 – 1999 he took on many roles with the Colts, including brass arranger, brass caption supervisor and program coordinator. He entered the Colts Hall of Fame in 2003, while serving again as their brass arranger in 2014 and 2015.
He went on to become the arranger and co-program coordinator for the Crossmen Drum Corps from 2000 – 2003, and again from 2011 – 2014, helping vault them back into finals after an extended absence. Additionally, Chuck has arranged and taught groups at all levels of the drum corps activity including: Colts, Crossmen, Troopers, Teal Sound, Racine Scouts, Quad City Knights, Blue Knights Winter Brass,Taipei Yuehfu, Bushwackers, East Coast Jazz, US Naval Academy and Sinewave Brass. He formerly served on the DCI Judges/Instructors Taskforce as one of two brass representatives.
In addition to his drum corps experiences, Chuck has been involved as a composer, arranger, clinician, program coordinator and teacher for dozens of bands across the United States including Florida state champions Santaluces HS, Cooper City HS, former Colorado state champions Loveland HS, Northglenn HS, Ponderosa HS and Air Academy HS and former BOA Grand National Champion Lake Park High School, in Roselle, IL.
Since 1997, he has judged nationally for various invitational contests (Broken Arrow, Carmel, Avon, Center Grove, Lake Park, etc.), and championship contests for USSBA, Colorado Bandmasters, Kentucky State Championships, Vanderbilt University Invitational, ISSMA and many BOA Super-Regional contests. He was honored to be named to the BOA Grand National Finals judging panels in both 2007 and 2008.
Outside the pageantry activity, Chuck has had the pleasure of arranging/orchestrating music for singer/songwriter recording sessions in Nashville and Colorado, The Fort Collins Symphony, The Denver Brass, and indoor stage productions at Cooper City and Santaluces High Schools respectively, as well as arranging, mixing and editing the jazz fusion recordings for Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band. He plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboards and trumpet/flugelhorn with local bands in his spare time.
Chuck received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. He served as band director and department chairperson at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following a stint as Director of Sound Engineering and Electronic Music at Santaluces High School in Boynton Beach, Florida, and another stint as the guitar instructor at Lake Park HS, Chuck now makes his home in Bartlett, Illinois, as a freelance music arranger/composer, band clinician and the band director at Hawthorn South Middle School in Vernon Hills, IL.
Chuck is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and spends his free time enjoying life immensely with his wife Kathy, their five boys and two rather large, happy dogs.