Hara, Craig

Craig Hara

Craig Hara

Lecturer of Music

Office: B39 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3389



M.F.A. in Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts
B.F.A. in Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts

Courses Taught:

Falcon Band, American Music, History of Jazz, Recording Technology, Applied Percussion -Drumset, Applied Trumpet and River Falls Brass

Craig Hara teaches Applied Percussion - Drumset, Applied Trumpet, History of American Music, History of Jazz, Recording Techniques, directs the Falcon Band and is a member of the River Falls Brass at UW-River Falls. He was interim conductor for the UW-River Falls Symphonic Wind Band and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2005, and also taught Music Appreciation for five years, and trumpet two. He is a freelance musician and teacher, playing Trumpet, Drums and Percussion, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), and Keyboards and Synthesizers. Craig is currently living in Minnesota where his wife, Marni Hougham, plays English Horn in the Minnesota Orchestra. He continues to perform in California with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Asia America Symphony.

Craig earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the California Institute of the Arts, after starting his undergraduate studies at California State University, Northridge. His primary teachers were Mario Guarneri, Roy Poper, Rob Roy McGregor and Boyde Hood on trumpet, and Peter Donald, Peter Erskine, Jerry Steinholtz, and Tarnoth Rao on drums and percussion.

He can be heard on recordings and in live performance with various artists and groups (Laura Caviani, Global Jazz, Mary Louise Knutson, Charles Lazarus, River Falls Brass, the David Singley trio, Pete Whitman, Zona, the Bach Society, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence [formerly Plymouth Music Series], on scores for motion pictures and television (Solstice, The Legend of EarthSea, Netforce, Chicago Hope, High Incident, Face/Off, Time Cop, Speechless, Death Wish IV), and has performed in North America, Japan, and Europe with many of the world's most eminent musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Bill Conti, Zubin Mehta, Helmut Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Louis Bellson, David Benoit, José Carreras, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Mark Isham, Kiri Te Kanawa, Chuck Mangione, Itzhak Perlman, Doc Severinsen, and Sarah Vaughn.

Recent notable performances at UWRF include performances on drums with guest artist Ernie Watts, and as featured soloist on EVI playing music written for Bobby McFerrin by Fred Sturm at the Universal Language VII: Migrations concert.

Craig is a frequent collaborator with Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player, Chuck Lazarus, first writing and producing the musical score for the Minnesota Granite Industry’s DVD, Granite Country USA, then releasing the album, Solo Settings, with Craig acting as producer, engineer and editor, as well as composing and playing numerous instruments. A May 2005 recital at UW-La Crosse featuring Chuck, Doc Severinsen (The Tonight Show Band), and Adolph “Bud” Herseth (formerly Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony, and the archetype for modern American Orchestra trumpet playing) included the duo performing a number of selections from the album. By the end of the evening, Craig had played trumpet, wavedrum, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, drums, and also sang. A direct result of this recital performance was a request from Doc Severinsen that Craig play drumset for two of Doc’s engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra later that fall.

Craig joined Chuck in subsequent performances at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, the Old Log Theater in Wayzata, Macy’s Day of Music at Orchestra Hall, on the Kare11 Morning Show, on WCCO news. Craig also accompanied Chuck in Masterclasses at the Juilliard School and Yale University, and also collaborated in the mounting of orchestral pops shows with the Minnesota Orchestra (including arrangements and orchestrations of works by Craig from the Solo Settings album). Most recently, Craig contributed as composer and arranger, performed on, edited, mixed and produced Chuck's latest CD release, Zabava.

 Contact Craig Hara by email at or by phone at 715/425-3389.