During the school year, Chris is an elementary music teacher in Fort Worth ISD. This gives him the entire summer off to focus on writing drill. It also allows time after the school year starts to do quick rewrites for free. This helps bands using Cantrell Marching drill to do the best they can.
Chris has lived in Hurst, TX(outside of Fort Worth, TX) for 7 years with his beautiful and imaginative daughter, Valerie Alexis.
Christopher Cantrell writes the drill and arranges the music for Cantrell Marching. He has been writing drill and arranging music since becoming a band director in 1994.
Having his origins in the McGavock High School Band in Nashville, Tennessee, he has marched with the University of Tennessee Marching Band, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 1990 and the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1991-1992. In 1993, he was on visual staff for the Cadets when they won the DCI World Championship. Following 9 years of being a high school band director (7 years in ATSSB), Chris spent 4 years as Assistant Marching Band Director and Adjunct Professor at Sam Houston State University.
Award Winning Drill Design Resume ****All drill written by Christopher Cantrell****
Cabell-Midland High School-Ona, WV: 4A West Virginia State Champions, 2012-2014
Buffalo HS-Buffalo, WV: 1A West Virginia State Champions 2014
Hennessey-Hennessey, OK: 2A Oklahoma State Champions, 2011
Eureka HS-Eureka, IL: 1A Illinois State Champions, 2008-2011
Brenham HS-Brenham, TX: UIL 4A State Finalist, 2003
Industrial HS-Industrial, TX: UIL State, 2007+2009
Luling HS-Luling, TX: UIL State, 2011+2013+2015
Rio Hondo HS-Rio Hondo, TX: UIL 3A State 8th Place, 2004
Girard HS-Girard, PA-Tournament of Bands Chapter 8 Champions, 2011
Lewis County HS-Hohenwald, TN: 3rd Place-Tennessee Div I State Championships, 2006