Mr. Chidester was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. While at the university he was actively performing with the Faculty Brass Quintet and the Faculty Jazz Quintet.
In addition to teaching trumpet, his responsibilities included conducting the UNI Brass Choir, the UNI Jazz Ensemble II and the award winning UNI Bear Cats who were finalist in the 1986 Southern Comfort National Collegiate Dixieland Competition in Chicago, Illinois. His duties also included adjudicating and solo work throughout the state.
He has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Convention and the Missouri Trumpet Festival in Columbia, Missouri. In 1982 his professional Dixieland Band (the Cedarloo All-Stars) opened the Bix Beiderbecke Festival in Davenport, Iowa.