Warren Alliance Church is excited to host Chiz Rider for a concert on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
At age 7, Chiz made his concert debut in his home church in Pennsylvania; national touring began during his last years in high school. His first recording at age 15, was a custom album titled "Chiz." soon followed by "Colors in Brass." His debut on the Myrrh label was "Chiz Rider," followed by "Sold on Salvation" and "To the One I Praise." His newest album, "A Big Band Christmas," was released November 2003.
A mostly self-taught musician, Rider began by imitating songs he heard on the radio. He later studied for a short time under the direction of Don Smith, then assistant Penn State University Blue Band director, and David O'Neill of Nashville. Chiz' fresh musical style embodies a jazz/pop sound that has been influenced by such versatile jazz musicians as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong and Jon Faddis.
Chiz and his crew maintain an active national touring schedule, including performances of the national anthem prior to major league sports events. In addition, his video, "Fast Forward," has shown worldwide on the Christian broadcast "Light music," as well as the video channel, VH1. Two 30-minute TV programs on Chiz currently air nationally. The first, "Chiz," features him playing traditional hymns and patriotic songs in church and nature settings. The second, released in February 1993, "Chiz Rider Fast Forward," reflects the contemporary flavor of his newer music. Both have won public TV awards for performance including a regional Emmy for "Chiz Rider Fast Forward" in the category of Outstanding Entertainment Broadcast.
Chiz' trumpet ministry appeals to a wide age range. From the touchingly beautiful "Amazing Grace," which he played at a Billy Graham Crusade, to the high energy contemporary sounds of "SOS," which he plays at youth concerts, the music and ministry of Chiz Rider is reaching people for Christ.