“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)  This verse is one that we, as a ministry, have always focused on because we know that God will be there wherever we go and whatever we do.

Chiz accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was seven years old.  By then he had been playing the trumpet for three years, having discovered his father’s high school instrument in a closet when he was four.  Since then, he has dedicated himself and his music to Jesus Christ.

At age seven he made his concert debut in his home church in Pennsylvania; national touring began during his last years in high school.  His first recording at age 15, was a custom cd titled, ‘CHIZ’, soon followed by ’COLORS IN BRASS’, his debut on the Myrrh label was ‘CHIZ RIDER’, followed by ‘SOLD ON SALVATION’, ‘TO THE ONE I PRAISE’, ‘A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS’. In 2005 he collaborated with some of America’s most talented instrumentalists to create two albums ‘America’s Choice POWER PRAISE’ and ‘America’s Choice GENTLE WORSHIP’ and now recently he has released his newest cd “LIVE WORSHIP“.

Ninety per cent self-taught, he began by imitating songs he heard on the radio.  He later studied for a short time under the direction of Don Smith, then assistant Penn State University Blue Band director, and David O’Neill of Nashville.  Chiz’ fresh musical style embodies a jazz/pop sound that has been influenced by such versatile jazz musicians as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong and Jon Faddis.

Chiz and his crew maintain an active national touring schedule, including performances of the national anthem prior to major league sports event.  In addition, his video, “Fast Forward”, has shown worldwide on the Christian broadcast, “Light music”, as well as the video channel, VH1.  Three 30-minute television programs on Chiz currently air nationally.  The first, ‘CHIZ’ features him playing traditional hymns and patriotic songs in church and nature settings.  The second, released in February 1993, “CHIZ RIDER FAST FORWARD”, reflects the contemporary flavor of his newer music.  Both have won public television awards for performance including a regional Emmy for “CHIZ RIDER FAST FORWARD” in the category of Outstanding Entertainment Broadcast.

Chiz’ trumpet ministry appeals to a wide age range.  From the heartfelt “Amazing Grace,” which he played at a Billy Graham Crusade, to the high energy contemporary sounds of “SOS”, which he plays at youth concerts, the music and ministry of Chiz Rider is reaching people for Christ.

Past Performances

Chiz Rider performs over 250 concerts annually throughout North America as well as several international tours. He has performed with such popular Christian artists as Carman, Margaret Becker, DC Talk, Newsboys, Cindy Morgan, Larnell Harris, and Michael W. Smith. He has also performed at a Billy Graham Crusade and numerous times at the Crystal Cathedral.  He played for President Bush’s Central Pennsylvania presidential campaign and for the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Special Olympics opening ceremonies.