Born in Canonsburg, PA., Craig grew up in Ft. Wayne IN. He began playing trumpet at age 10. After graduating from North Side HS he spent four years at the University of North Texas from 1985-89 and played lead trumpet in the UNT One O’clock Lab Band for his final two years at North Texas, as well as being chosen as lead player for the 1987 Disney All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT Center. During this valuable time at UNT, he studied privately with the great Don “Jake” Jacoby for four years.

In 1987 he also began many years of study with trumpet guru Bobby Shew.

    In the fall of 1989 he was part of the first version of Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band and spent 2 and a half years as Maynard’s lead player. Following a move to New York in 1993, Craig did some touring with Jerry Lewis and 2 years with iconic band Blood Sweat & Tears. In the years since he has been in demand as a sideman and in the pits and studios, working or recording with artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, John Pizzarelli, Woody Herman Orchestra, John Fedchock NY Big Band, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, New York Voices, Chuck Mangione, Audra MacDonald, Debby Boone, Michael Feinstein, Frankie Valli, Bobby Caldwell, Paul Anka, Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orch., Maria Schneider Jazz Orch., The Temptations, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, and many others.

     Over twenty years of work on Broadway has featured 13 full time Broadway shows including lead trumpet on Something Rotten, Sister Act, Rocky, Elf, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Fosse.

Singers and Entertainers

Jerry Lewis (tours)

Patti Austin

John Pizzarelli

Bobby Caldwell

Debby Boone

Audra McDonald

Rosemary Clooney

Maureen McGovern

Paul Anka

Jack Jones

Harry Connick, Jr.

Michael Feinstein

Dame Edna

Phil Collins

Van Morrison

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Don Rickles

Donny Osmond

Steve Lawrence & Eyde Gorme

Roger Williams

Pop and Rock acts

Blood Sweat & Tears (Touring 2yrs.)

Aretha Franklin

Deep Purple

Cheap Trick

The Temptations

The Four Tops

The O’Jays

The Fifth Dimension

Donny Osmond

Frankie Valli

Coco Lee

Dallas Cowboys Band (2 yrs)

Element Music NYC -- live music production.

Trumpet, personnel contractor, music librarian. 2006-present.

Jazz Artists

Maynard Ferguson (Touring

2 1/2 years)

New York Voices

The Manhattan Transfer

Woody Herman Orchestra

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Chuck Mangione

Chico O’Farrill Orchestra

Buddy Rich Band

Louie Bellson Big Band

Dizzy Gillespie

Al Hirt

Dallas Jazz Orchestra

UNT One O’Clock Lab Band (2yrs)

John Fedchock NYBB

Westchester Jazz Orchestra

Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Gene Krupa Orchestra

Broadway Shows  (as a full time regular)

Something Rotten 2015-16

Rocky  2014

The Nance  2013

Sister Act    2011-12

Elf   2010, 2012

All About Me  2010

Radio City Christmas Show 2008-10

Monty Python’s Spamalot 2005-09

Play Without Words  2005

Thoroughly Modern Millie  2002-04

Fosse  1998-2001

Street Corner Symphony  1997

Annie   1997