Bill Denton
Glenview, IL
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Bill Denton

Bill D.

Glenview, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My lessons create a fun and motivational learning environment that promotes goal setting, good habits, positive self esteem based on tangible accomplishments, and an appreciation for the rewards of diligence and perseverance.

My services include music lessons in trumpet, jazz improvisation, music theory, jazz theory, and audition preparation.

I am currently the Principal Trumpeter in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and former Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. I have performed with the Chicago Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony.

I Hold a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and I am a certified band director with 5 years band directing experience.

I particularly enjoy audition coaching, having won three international symphony orchestra auditions myself. My students have jobs in symphony orchestras and military bands around the world.

I use audio/video, computer, and MIDI technology to aid in the learning process and to enhance the enjoyment that comes with making music.

About Bill D.

Bill is in his sixth season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and his third season as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra. He was a member of the trumpet faculty at DePaul University for five years and has presented performances and masterclasses at Northwestern, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois Universities. Bill frequently performs as Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Philharmonic

Orchestra and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has also performed works in numerous chamber ensembles in the Chicago area including Walton’s Fa- cade with the Dempster Street Pro-Musica Chamber Ensemble, Bach’s 2nd Brandenberg Concerto and Poulenc’s le Bal Masque for WFMT radio’s Summer Rush Hour concerts. In 2014 Bill was featured as guest soloist with the Sibiu Philharmonic in Sibiu Romania. More recently he performed as guest soloist at the National Brass Band Competition Gala Concert.

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Ethan S.
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Bill is very passionate. He teaches me all the techniques and trying to help me make a much better sound. He is strict to get every notes correct while other teachers allow easy passes. He also corrects my old habits. He is a wonderful teacher who really teaches fundamentals.

Posted May 22, 2020
Pat
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Exactly what I was looking for.!

Posted May 2, 2020
Sakura I.
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It was very detailed instruction. He provided accurate advice and easy-to-understand examples. His breathing technique, musicality and technique for expression were very helpful. And, needless to say, he had a wonderful personality.

Posted Feb 26, 2020
Pete
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I feel fortunate to have Bill as my teacher. Bill is an outstanding player and teacher. I have been able to progress far faster with lessons with Bill than I could on my own.

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Chandler
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When Bill was my band director over a decade ago, he was the best music teacher I'd had at that point. After reconnecting with him and having him work with me on my techniques more recently as an adult player, that opinion still stands very strongly. He has a wonderful way of phrasing things that help you just "get it," and has expert advice from everything from fundamentals and helping you achieve your best sound, to more advanced techniques such as double and triple tonguing.

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Rolando
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Bill is a great pedagogue and a fabulous trumpet player! Thank you for the great information!

Posted Apr 13, 2019
Bryan P
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Mr. Denton was a fantastic teacher! We worked on articulations and phrasing in the first movement of the Halsey Stevens Sonata and he was able to bring a lot more out of me musically than I thought I was capable of. He made excellent use of the 30 minute online lesson and I came away feeling more confidant as I approach my recital.

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Brendan

I studied with Bill in college and he is the best of the best. Highly recommend.

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Bryan
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Bill Denton has a wealth of knowledge and a great personality. He knows exactly how hard to push you as a student and balances it with plenty of positive feedback. It would be wise for students to take this incredible opportunity to study with a principle trumpeter of a great orchestra.

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Michelle
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I have had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Denton both in person and online. Recently, he worked with me on repertoire for my upcoming M.M. recital at Eastman. He is great at pointing out details and helpful with phrasing. He has a very musical approach to the trumpet. He keeps his students to a high standard but also maintains an encouraging and positive environment.

Posted Mar 3, 2019
Vanderbilt
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Great lesson teacher. Helped me with fundamentals such as range and sound! Also helped me with some expression with Charlier 2. I highly recommend

Posted Mar 3, 2019
Aaron
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Bill is a phenomenal teacher. I’ve had lessons from him both in-person and online. He has a phenomenal ear and a knack for error detection to iron out creases in one’s playing. Plus, his patience and kindness are second to none.

Posted Mar 3, 2019
Chris
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Bill is very skilled in the art of trumpet playing, and it shows immediately in his playing and teaching. I’ve had two lessons with him already, and we got along great. Not only were we able to talk about bettering aspects of own playing, but we also touched on key areas my own students struggle with, and how to help them navigate those areas.

Posted Mar 3, 2019
Lindsey
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I took a lesson with Mr. Denton a few weeks ago and he helped me so much with my audition preparation. In the two hour lesson, we went through about 15 different pieces of varying style, and he was great in getting me to think about the different types of articulation and sound colors I should be using for each specific passage.

If I wasn't getting the right style, he would play that same passage, and I immediately knew what needed to be fixed on my end. He sang through the trumpet and it was a privilege to get to hear him play up close.

Posted Mar 1, 2019
Ryan
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I just took a lesson with Bill in preparation for an upcoming principal trumpet audition, and I can’t say enough great things about it! He has an uncompromising musical standard and incredible knowledge about the trumpet that really pushed me in my preparation. At the same time his supportive and kind approach helped me feel confident and empowered . It was very clear he sincerely wanted to help me play better! I am happy to give him my highest recommendation!

Posted Mar 1, 2019
Julia
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Bill is a fantastic teacher, and has been extremely helpful in coaching me for orchestral auditions, and in working with me on solo repertoire. He has helped me improve my overall trumpet-playing, and is always coming up with new exercises ways to think about practicing technique, especially relating to sound concept and efficient playing. He has presented many different solutions and approaches to tackle any issues I've had with my playing depending on what I'm working on, ranging from articulation to expanding my high range, and everything in between. He sets a great example with his excellent playing as well, and it is useful to hear his musical ideas on the pieces and excerpts that we work on. I would highly recommend getting a lesson with Bill!

Posted Feb 28, 2019
Nick
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Bill is a great player and instructor. I have worked with him on audition excerpts, preparing a recital program, and general trumpet technique, and found great benefit in his teaching regarding all of these matters. Go take a lesson with Bill!

Posted Feb 28, 2019

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Experience

Assistant Principal Trumpet
Jun 2017 - Present

Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra

Principal Trumpet
Sep 2016 - Present

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal Trumpet
Sep 2012 - Present

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018

DePaul University

Assistant Principal Trumpet
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Education

Doctorate of Musical Arts
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005

University of South Carolina

Master of Trumpet Performance
Sep 1984 - May 1986

Arizona State University

Bachelors of Music Performance
Sep 1980 - May 1984

Wichita State University

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

K-12 Music
Aug 1997

Georgia Department of Education

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