Bill Wilson, Soprano Saxophone
A product of music education in public schools and parental dollars that funded early musical mentorship, Bill began his life-long musical journey at age eleven. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, by the age of seventeen he was the first saxophonist to be awarded first prizes in both the Seattle and Oregon Symphony’s Young Artist competitions resulting in concerto performances with those orchestras. Following that period of time, Bill moved to Southern California where he earned undergraduate and graduate music performance degrees from CSUN and the USC Thornton School of Music respectively. A unique expat opportunity to live and perform in Japan followed, where Bill led various chamber ensembles in daily performances for three years. Upon returning to the U.S. Bill performed with many swing bands in Southern California and through these opportunities, he has performed at major venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and many more. In 2006 Bill completed an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and has enjoyed applying business principles he learned there to create performance opportunities.