After Chris got serious with his playing at about the age of fourteen, he began using Claude Gordon and Carmine Caruso’s trumpet method books in addition to the James Stamp Trumpet Method book. He also began studying orchestral trumpet with Susan Slaughter and Bob Ceccarini. Chris relates that Susan Slaughter taught him a lot about playing musically and Bob helped him get the physical aspects of playing straightened out. Bob demonstrated a lot of patience with Chris as they worked together on the physical aspects of playing. Chris was heavily influenced by great trumpet players such as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Bud Herseth and Allen Vizzutti.
Chris left St. Louis to study orchestral trumpet at Illinois State University obtaining a Bachelor’s in Music and then a Masters in Trumpet Performance. Chris broke his ankle during the second semester of school of his freshman year and had a difficult time getting around. As a result, he would get his lunch and stay in the Music Building while he ate as his dorm was too far away for him to walk. As a result, Chris began listening to the schools jazz ensemble practice and developed an interest. It wasn’t long before Chris was a member of the jazz ensemble and playing the Lead book. Chris studied trumpet with Herb Koerselman while at Illinois State University. He also made frequent trips to Chicago to hear Bud Herseth perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The BBC reflects frequently on their experience with Chris Jaudes as a guest trumpet soloist with the 2006 God and Country Concert.