Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, baritone saxophonist Chad Makela attended the University of North Texas on a scholarship as well as Capilano College. Chad studied with Roy Reynolds, formerly of Stan Kenton's big band, Dr. Eric Nestler and James Riggs and played in the renowned One O’Clock Lab Band for three years, working with Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Slide Hampton, Dr. Billy Taylor and Peter Erskine. Chad has also performed with Ernie Watts, Conte Condoli, Snooky Young, Arturo Sandoval, Ross Tompkins and Chris Vadala.
After leaving the Dallas-Fort Worth area he lived in Washington DC., arranging, writing and playing with R&B artists Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, Jerry Butler and Lloyd Price. He also began playing bari and clarinet for the Doc Severinsen Orchestra up until Doc's retirement in 2006.
In 2002, Chad formed his quartet which includes Brad Turner on Trumpet, Jesse Cahill on drums, and Paul Rushka on Bass. The quartet recorded their 1st album, Flicker, which was released in 2005 receiving excellent reviews and just finished their second album entitled no.