Christian Levens

about Christian

Christian Levens is currently attending The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to complete a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance. Though drum set is his primary instrument, he is fluent in all areas of percussion including orchestral drumming and marching band. At UTA, Levens performed with the drum line, numerous small jazz combos (including the Burkholder Combo, the premier small group at the University), as well as the top big band, the Jazz Orchestra.  In the Summer of 2017, Levens participated in a 4 month jazz residency at the House of Blues and Jazz in Shanghai, China. Directly after, Levens studied a full semester abroad at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.

Outside of the UTA campus, Levens has been heavily involved with the Keller Central Band program in Fort Worth, Texas. Over the past eight years, his responsibilities have ranged from teaching the drum line during the fall season, assisting in writing/arranging show music, and teaching both percussion and drum set lessons. Levens' students have consistently had high levels of success in both TMEA All-State auditions as well as TJEA Jazz Band auditions.

Levens has studied with Kevin McNulty, Evan Blackard, Brian Lowe, Jim Yakkas, Michael Varner, Mike Drake, Joe McCarthy, Adonis Rose, Stockton Helbing, Bengt Stark, and Stefan Karlsson. With their expertise, he has grown both as a teacher and performer. He currently plays weekly gigs with several small jazz combos around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including hotspots like the Scat Jazz Lounge, the Perot Museum, the Free Man Cafe and the Balcony Club. Levens is also the lead drummer for the Cap City Band based in Austin which plays corporate events several times a month. In addition to playing with these different groups, Levens has been the lead drummer for the North Richland Hills Baptist Church for the past seven years and the Shady Oaks Baptist Church for one year.