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The Founder, leader , and tuba player of Saint Boogie Brass Band Christopher "Turtle" Tomlin born in New Orleans is the real definition of a True New Orleanian. He started playing music when he was 12 yrs old on the alto sax. He was very active in all the different music ensembles that he was allowed to be a part of.
He later continued his musical education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he found himself in a leadership role being a member of the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South majoring in Music Education.
After college Turtle eventually found his way back home to New Orleans where he got into the Culinary field and attended Delgado University studying culinary arts while working in the French Quarter as a chef (food and music a true new orleanian)
In 2010 Turtle moved to Saint Louis as a chef at the Lumiere Casino, SB3 Co-Founder (Ryan Maclin) was director at Harris Stowe University Band and asked Chris if he would come up and help out with the tuba section. It was then Chris realized how much he really missed playing music. He hadn't played in years but just being around instruments again re-ignited a fire in Turtle that he hadn't felt in years.
Later that year Chris attended his 1st Saint Mardi Gras with co- Founder Ryan Maclin, they both noticed the lack of live music / brass bands at the celebration. And Pow!!, thus the beginning of what has been what Turtle has described as one of the best rides of his life, Being the Tuba Player for Saint Boogie.
Chris currently teaches music and culinary arts in the St. Louis area where he gets to show off all the natural talents of a NAWLINS RAISED musician, while exposing today's youth to much more than what is right outside their doors. You can always find turtle cooking or playing some music, ensure that the party is jamming out!!
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