Oval Office

Serenaded President George W. Bush and
Vice President Richard Cheney
in a private Oval Office concert.


Performed with ten symphony orchestras,
including The National Symphony Orchestra,
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

National Anthem

Performed the National Anthem at
several major league and college sporting events including the Charlotte Hornets,
Washington Wizards, Washington Nationals, and Duke Men’s Basketball.


Jammed at B.B. King’s Blues Club
in Memphis, TN.

Big Band

Performed with the
Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Happy Birthday

Whistles “Happy Birthday”
to 400+ people a year.

Paper Route

Whistled incessantly while
delivering newspapers as a teenager.

First Place Grand Champion

27th International Whistling Contest

First Place Grand Champion

26th International Whistling Contest

First Place Grand Champion

23rd International Whistling Contest

First Place Grand Champion

21st National Whistling Contest

Second Place Grand Champion

25th International Whistling Contest

Second Place Grand Champion

22nd National Whistling Contest

International Whistling Hall of Fame


Lillian Williams Achievement Award

Whistling Entertainer of the Year

Chris Ullman

Whistling Champion
Inspirational Speaker
Entertaining Author

Chris Ullman is a four-time national and international whistling champion (1994, 1996, 1999, and 2000). He has performed with major symphony orchestras, serenaded President George W. Bush in the Oval Office, whistled the National Anthem at major league sporting events and entertained millions around the world on TV and radio. In what Chris describes as a “ministry,” he whistles “Happy Birthday” more than 400 times each year to friends and family.

Chris started his puckered pursuits at age five, whistled incessantly while delivering newspapers as a teen, jammed with jazz bands in college, and worked the open mike circuit in his Washington, DC home in the 1980s-90s. He competed nine times at the National and International Whistling Convention and served as a judge twice.

Chris has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CNN, NPR, CNBC and has been featured in The New York Times, People Magazine, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine. His repertoire includes classical, blues, jazz, Broadway, and rock. In 2000, Chris was named the Lillian Williams Whistling Entertainer of the Year, and in 2003 he released his debut CD, The Symphonic Whistler. In 2012 Chris was inducted into the International Whistling Hall of Fame.

By day Chris is a Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group, an investment firm based in Washington, DC.


Media Coverage

  • The Tonight Show
  • Dow Jones
  • The Today Show
  • People Magazine
  • CBS This Morning
  • The Washington Post
  • CNN
  • Time Magazine
  • NPR
  • Hemispheres Magazine (United Airlines)
  • CNBC
  • Scores of radio interviews
  • The New York Times
  • Associated Press