“experineced musician, comfortable teaching both young students and adults “



Kris teaches

  • trombone,
  • beginning brass (trumpet, horn)
  • Mondays and Tuesdays at DCMS



Kris Jay Bowerman



As a child Kris took years of private lessons on trombone, ending up with a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from San Francisco State University. At age seventeen he began passing on his knowledge to younger students, giving one-on-one instruction to aspiring trombonists as well as students of the trumpet, French horn, euphonium (baritone), and tuba.

The first two major performances for Kris were at the Monterey Jazz Festival — performing with some of the most well-known jazz artists of the time (Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Bill Watrous, and others). He went on to perform in symphony orchestras, Dixieland bands, swing bands, Renaissance groups, brass ensembles, an original music group with his wife Lark, and in small group jazz bands.

Presently, Kris runs a small jazz group called the Kris Jay Trio, which performs around the Vancouver area for various events, including concerts. Under the name Kris Jay, he is also publishing original music featuring trombone on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

Kris Jay Trio Kris and lark