Lisa Lizanec Chappell, or Lisa Liz, is a freelance trombonist, music educator, arranger and content creator currently living in the Seattle, Washington area. She received her Bachelors degree in Music Education followed by a Masters degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. During Lisa’s time at ASU, her teachers included Ralph Sauer, Douglas Yeo, Ryan Haines and Sam Pilafian. In 2008, Lisa toured throughout Japan as a trombonist and euphonium soloist with Min-On Concert Association’s original production Music Motion Theater: Odyssey—Brass Angels. During that first tour in Japan, Lisa felt a special connection with country’s beautiful landscape, culture and people. She always knew that one day she would return to that part of the world.
Lisa has been on five international tours with the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway show Blast!. Her most prestigious performance with Blast! was at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. As fate would have it, Lisa’s intuitions were right. In the summer of 2012, Lisa returned to Japan with the cast of Blast! for the show’s first tour to travel to all 47 prefectures of the country. This was the largest tour in Japanese history undertaken by any musical production. Lisa was also an inaugural cast member in Kyodo Tokyo Inc.’s new show Blast! The Music of Disney. She performed in the 2016 promotional tour, and has been touring with the company ever since.
In between international tours, Lisa performed regularly throughout the Phoenix area as one of the city’s most in-demand freelance trombonists. Her talents and experiences most notably led her to the artistic world of musical theatre. As the former principal trombonist at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, she has performed in multiple productions including classics such as West Side Story, The Sound of Music, White Christmas and Les Misérables. Lisa has also played in the pit orchestra at The Palms Theatre and Theater Works.
In March of 2018, Lisa made her return to the pit orchestra playing both trombone and euphonium in the Japanese premier of Mary Poppins, produced by HoriPro. Mary Poppins ran at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Shibuya, Tokyo and the Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka. Also in 2018, Lisa performed at the Tokyo International Forum as the featured trombone soloist in Kyodo Tokyo Inc's brand new show, One Piece Oto Utage. Other performance credits include: The 7th Fleet Band Pacific Ambassadors, Sonoran Serenade Big Band, Scott Keo - Michael Bublé Tribute Artist, Bobby Vinton, Video Games Live, Mix it Up at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and the Yokosuka Symphony Orchestra.
Aside from her stage performance and pit orchestra career, Lisa also has significant experience in the realm of commercial music. For years she played trombone and sang backing vocals in the original rock band, The Hourglass Cats. During her time as a member of The Hourglass Cats, Lisa collaborated in the music writing process, recorded two EPs with the band and toured throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico. The band’s most notable performances were at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, Arizona’s largest annual music festival.
Lisa also performed regularly with TAD Management. “TAD Management is a nostalgia based/tribute show and concert production company with over 200+ Artists, Bands and Acts booked worldwide within the Resort Community, Theatre, Casino and Cruise industry.” During her time with TAD, Lisa performed with: Sharon Owens - Barbara Streisand Tribute, December ‘63 - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute, Lou Nelson - Tom Jones Tribute, and The Manilow and Midler Tribute Show.
In addition to performing, Lisa has a passion for music education and enjoys sharing her musical knowledge and guiding students of all ages. After completing her Bachelors degree in Music Education in 2009, Lisa became a certified music teacher. She has taught private and group music lessons for the Phoenix Symphony’s “One Nation Project”, Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts and Band for Today, a Chicago, IL based education company. Lisa was the first teacher in Arizona hired by Band for Today in their efforts to expand into the Southwestern region of the United States.
Currently, Lisa maintains a self-managed virtual lessons studio and produces weekly videos for her YouTube channel, Lisa Liz Trombone.
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