Chris Rugila is a native of Monroe, Michigan. In 2006 he graduated from Eastern Michigan University earning a B.A. in Music Education. While at EMU he performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, and the Huron River Brass Quintet. He has studied with Willard Zirk, David Woike, Scott Boerma, Kevin Miller, and Mark Waymire.
In 2014 he joined the faculty at Klein Collins HS as the Associate Director. Two years later, in 2016, he was named Director of Bands. Prior to his work at Klein Collins he worked at Blythewood High School in South Carolina, South Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina, and Decatur High School in Michigan.
In addition to his public school experience, Chris spent two years as a performer with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He began his drum corps instructional career as a brass instructor with the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005. He continued on the brass staff at Phantom Regiment (2008-2009), Blue Stars (2013-2014) and Oregon Crusaders (2018), and The Academy (2019-present). In 2011 he was a member of the administration team at Carolina Crown.
Chris is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Anna and their two daughters Norah and Chloe.