Dr. Christensen is active in leading and directing jazz ensembles and jazz combos. He has also been a soloist and performer with many jazz combos and ensembles. He helped build the foundations for the current University of Texas (RGV) jazz program during his time as Director of Jazz Bands, and has built the Coffeyville Community College jazz combo program as one of the premiere performing ensembles in Coffeyville Kansas.
He has performed with the University of Oklahoma jazz bands, Texas Tech University jazz bands, the UTB faculty jazz combo, the CCC student/faculty jazz combo, and in his early years as a music student was privileged to perform along side the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Cameron University jazz band.
As an educator, Dr. Christensen stresses a need for diverse programs ranging from early swing, to modern cool and free form jazz. His jazz combos regularly incorporate jazz theory into the rehearsals to help develop jazz language and an understanding of reading basic jazz changes.
His ensembles most recent performances have included:
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