Columbia College Chicago

Meet the Faculty

Christopher Gorcik

Upright Bass
Electric Bass


Christopher Gorcik is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he received a B.M. in Music Performance with a Jazz Emphasis in 1996. He has studied bass with Nick Schneider, Larry Gray, Marlene Rosenberg, and Greg Sarchet.

Chris has been a full-time member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, as well as Chicago area swing bands The Blues Swingers and The Rhythm Rockets. In addition to jazz and blues, Chris has performed with many of the Chicago area’s best known musical acts including indie-rock band Naked Mile, country music artists Dayna Malow and Mark Lonsway, Caribbean rock band Mr. Myers, and New Orleans R&B artist Professor John. Chris has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago Country Music Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, the Petrillo Music Shell, the Aragon Ballroom, the House of Blues, Park West, Sox Park, the Green Mill, and dozens of other well-known music venues throughout the Chicagoland area and the Midwest.

As a recording artist, Chris holds credits as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, and engineer on nationally released albums by The Blues Swingers, Naked Mile, Todd Donnelly, and Jackson Rohm. He also appears as a performer on the DVD “Quincy Jones: 50 Years in Music – Live at Montreux 1996”. Chris self-released his first solo album under the artist name “Last Half Acre” in the spring of 2017.

In addition to performing, Chris has actively taught private bass lessons for over 20 years through his home studio, the NIU Community School of the Arts, and Sherwood Community Music School. He currently holds the position of “Director of Business Operations” for the Office of Continuing and Community Education at Columbia College Chicago.