Chris Ullman – World Champion Whistler
Chris Ullman, an executive with the Carlyle Group, learned to whistle by listening to his father whistle Gilbert and Sullivan songs. He honed his skills during college, and improvised jazz and blues songs in a friend’s band. In 1992 he got 2nd place whistling “In the Mood” by Glen Miller at the International Whistler Competition, and got 1st place 4 other times. He appeared on “Jay Leno” and his boss at Carlyle got him and invitation to the Oval Office to whistle for Pres. Bush (43), who asked him to whistle a “Country & Western” song; to which Chris asked, how about the “Lone Ranger”? (not knowing any C&W songs) and he whistled “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony” plus “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington (which he also did for us).