Trumpet player William Ward will join the big band for the Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Withrow High School!
William showed a talent for music at a young age. He began taking cello lessons in the third grade under the guidance of Judith Gardner. In the fifth grade, he began piano lessons and he joined the renowned Cincinnati All City Boys Choir. By junior high school, William had begun his love affair with the trumpet.
Upon graduation high school, William attended Central State University, majoring in music. While there, he had the opportunity to learn from musicians such as Donald Bird, Nathan Davis and the great Johnny Lytle. Upon graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, William continued his education at Northern Illinois University, where his focus was audio engineering. While there, William studied with Mike Steinel and the renowned jazz educator, Ron Modell. Additionally, William had the honor of performing with the likes of Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton and Vinnie DiMartino. He graduated with a Masters in Music in 1987.
In 1989, William joined the faculty at his Alma Mater, Central State University, where he taught music theory, brass education and recording engineering. During his eight-year tenure, William produced and engineered two CDs with the Grammy-nominated Central State University Chorus. Also during this period, he served as music director of the Ghanaian band, Sankofa. With Sankofa, he shared the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela, King Sunny Ade, Koko Taylor and Regina Belle. He also produced and engineered the bands album, Retrieve The Past.
For the past thirty years, William has worked as a freelance musician, performing with artists such as Lionel Hampton, The Dells, Johnny Lytle, The Eddie Brookshire Big Band and Quintet, The Dayton Funk All Stars and Kolage. He is presently a member of the Flye City Hornz, which performs with the legendary R&B group, Cameo.
Can’t wait to hear William swing!
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