Lisa Lizanec Chappell is a freelance trombonist and music educator currently living in Yokosuka, Japan. She received her Bachelors degree in Music Education followed by a Masters degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. During Lisa’s time at ASU, her teachers included Ralph Sauer, Douglas Yeo, Ryan Haines and Sam Pilafian. In 2008, Lisa toured throughout Japan as a trombonist and euphonium soloist with Min-On Concert Association’s original production Music Motion Theater: Odyssey—Brass Angels. During that first tour in Japan, Lisa felt a special connection with country’s beautiful landscape, culture and people. She always knew that one day she would return to that part of the world.
Lisa has been on five international tours with the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway show Blast!. Her most prestigious performance with Blast! was at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. As fate would have it, Lisa’s intuitions were right. In the summer of 2012, Lisa returned to Japan with the cast of Blast! for the show’s first tour to travel to all 47 prefectures of the country. This was the largest tour in Japanese history undertaken by any musical production. Lisa was also an inaugural cast member in Kyodo Tokyo Inc.’s new show Blast! The Music of Disney. She performed in the 2016 promotional tour, and has been touring with the company ever since.
In between international tours, Lisa performed regularly throughout the Phoenix area as one of the city’s most in-demand freelance trombonists. Her talents and experiences most notably led her to the artistic world of musical theatre. As the formal principal trombonist at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, she has performed in multiple productions including classics such as West Side Story, The Sound of Music, White Christmas and Les Misérables. Lisa has also played in the pit orchestra at The Palms Theatre and Theater Works.
In March of 2018, Lisa made her return to the pit orchestra playing both trombone and euphonium (sub) in the Japanese premier of Mary Poppins, produced by HoriPro. Mary Poppins ran at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Shibuya, Tokyo and the Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka. Also in 2018, Lisa performed at the Tokyo International Forum as a featured trombonist in Kyodo Tokyo Inc's brand new show, One Piece Oto Utage. Other performance credits include Video Games Live, Mix it Up at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps and the Yokosuka Symphony Orchestra.
Aside from her stage performance and pit orchestra career, Lisa also has significant experience in the realm of commercial music. For years she played trombone and sang backing vocals in the original rock band, The Hourglass Cats. During her time as a member of The Hourglass Cats, Lisa collaborated in the music writing process, recorded two EPs with the band and toured throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico. The band’s most notable performance was at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in 2014, Arizona’s largest annual music festival. Lisa also performed regularly with TAD Management, an international tribute show and concert production company.
In addition to performing, Lisa has a passion for music education and enjoys sharing her musical knowledge and guiding students of all ages. After completing her Bachelors degree in Music Education in 2009, Lisa became a certified music teacher. She has taught private and group music lessons for the Phoenix Symphony’s “One Nation Project”, Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts and Band for Today, a Chicago, IL based education company. Lisa was the first teacher in Arizona hired by Band for Today in their efforts to expand into the Southwestern region of the United States.
With her music degrees, touring, recording and performing experience, Lisa is very excited to build her music career in Japan. She is currently studying Japanese.