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Chris Dessent
Chris Dessent




Chris Dessent is a music educator, performer, composer, and arranger. He is currently a band director at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. His responsibilities include working with the school’s award-winning concert bands, marching band, and jazz bands. Other responsibilities include working with the school’s pep band, pit orchestra, and chamber ensemble program. Previously, Dessent was a band director at Fishers Junior High School and a music specialist in Cincinnati Public Schools. 

Dessent is a highly sought-after clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, having worked with various ensembles, chamber groups, and soloists throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. He is a woodwind specialist, maintaining a private studio of clarinet and saxophone students in his community. He regularly performs on several woodwind instruments as well as on the electric bass. As a composer and arranger, his works for wind ensemble and other mediums reflect Dessent’s diverse musical experiences and interests. His music is influenced by many different genres and styles including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and the music of various world cultures. 

A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Dessent received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with High Distinction, studying clarinet with Howard Klug. Currently, Dessent is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. He and his wife live in Fishers, Indiana. In his free time, Dessent enjoys exercising, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.