Christopher Rinaman is a composer, arranger and trombonist working in New Yok City. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, he studied at the University of North Florida in the jazz studies program started by Rich Matteson (the world's greatest jazz euphonium player!), and moved to New York in 1996 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, studying trombone with John Mosca and Robin Eubanks, and arranging with Dave Lalama.
As a composer, arranger and orchestrator, Chris's work encompasses big band writing, orchestral arranging and film composition. In 2002, while working as an assistant to Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore, Chris Rinaman was the head score consultant for the world premiere of "The Fellowship of the Ring for Symphony Orchestra and Chorus" at the Hollywood Bowl. He has created orchestral and big band arrangements for many talented vocalists, including Deana Martin, Micheal Castaldo, William Michals, and Allan Harris. His string arrangements can be heard on the 2016 PBS special, "Giada Valenti: From Venice With Love."
His composition credits include scores for commercials for Western Union and Staybridge Suites, theme music for the travel series “Let’s Vacation", and the scores to several independent films and documentaries.
His performance experience covers genres from jazz to Broadway to rock and roll. He performs with several New York area big bands, and has toured as lead trombonist with the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He regularly performs in Broadway orchestra pits in shows such as Wicked and Beautiful, and has traveled the US, Canada and Japan with the First National Tours of the shows In The Heights and Memphis. He also works with a variety of classic rock and roll acts, such as Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie, and Gary US Bonds. In addition, he has performed and recorded with Dave Chamberlain's Band of Bones, and has also penned a number of arrangements for the jazz trombone octet, which can be heard on their three CD releases: the debut Band of Bones, Stomp and Caravan.