Chris Combest

Principal Tuba, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra



A native of Eastern Kentucky, Chris Combest has been Principal Tuba with the Wintergreen Festival since 2014 and has an extensive performing career with groups such as the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, The U.S. Army Field Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony and artists including John Williams, Audra McDonald and the Canadian Brass. He appears on recordings for National Public Radio, the BBC, Disney and can also be heard on the Polyphonic and Albany music labels.

When not performing in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the summer, Dr. Combest is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he is an active musician in the Nashville area music scene and is also a performing artist for Melton Meinl Weston instruments.