Chris whistles National Anthem at Wizards- Spurs game on January 13, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.


Chris whistles National Anthem at Reds- Brewers Game on September 23, 2014 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH.

Duke-Boston College

Chris whistles National Anthem at Duke- Boston College game on January 3, 2015 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC.


Chris whistles National Anthem at Nationals-Reds game on May 20, 2014 Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

National Press Foundation

Chris whistles National Anthem at National Press Foundation annual awards dinner on March 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Today Show With Katie Couric

Chris and his band perform an original ‘jump boogie’ tune on The Today Show with Katie Couric in New York City on July 5, 1994.

Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Chris appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 1994, the year he first won the national whistling championship. He performed Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Love Struck Baby” with Branford Marsalis’s band.

Selected Articles

How a Washington power player became the best whistler in the world

By Manuel Roig-Franzia • The Washington Post , April 6, 2017

Almost every day, the man in the bow tie is whistling “Happy Birthday” to someone. There are way too many for Chris Ullman to remember by heart, so he keeps the names…

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When the Whistle Blows

By Pat Olsen • Hemispheres , June 2016

Chris Ullman, an executive at private equity firm The Carlyle Group, walks into a conference room in downtown D.C. He’s here to introduce Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein to a select group of finance journalists—including one who moonlights as a travel writer—and the mood…

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No kissing and lots of ChapStick: The secrets of a champion whistler

By A. Pawlowski • Today (Health & Wellness) , January 2016

Your lips let you talk, kiss, pout and smile. For Chris Ullman, they’re also the perfect…

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Puckering Up, With a Piano Concerto at His Lips

By Kevin Roose • The New York Times , August 18, 2011

Christopher W. Ullman still remembers the day when he realized he was a serious whistler. “I was walking in a grocery store parking lot whistling…

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From 1993 – 2000 Chris and Tanguay Desgagne were the reigning whistling grand champions, each winning four times.

Chris and his Mom Fran after winning his fourth and final grand championship in 2000.

Chris and Senator John Ashcroft, who share the same birthday, perform at a Christmas party in 2000.