Bill is multi-instrumentalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger and educator. He developed a strong connection to music early in life through some family tradition, encouraging parents and many inspiring and influential teachers. He has gone on to perform alongside a number of noteworthy artists and ensembles and has toured extensively overseas and throughout North America.
His love for music came to life though performances with several ensembles in public school, regional big bands and his own jazz saxophone quartet. He is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music's Jazz Studies program and has recently become a graduate of New Jersey City University's M.M. Multiple Woodwind Performance program.
Following two years performing abroad on cruise ships and the national tour of Young Frankenstein: The Musical, he was drawn back to New York City. Performing regularly on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and all saxophones, he is proving to be valued asset in the NYC music scene.
Bill performs regularly with his group, Bill Todd and the Sixth Generation, while also working as a Broadway pit musician, a sideman and a private music teacher.
*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is unique, therefore, lessons are designed to fit the student individually. My teaching style is molded to satisfy each students wants and needs. I also like to focus on developing proper playing habits. I see it as my job to help my students understand and develop the proper techniques to eliminate bad habits in order for them to be the best they can be on their instrument. Lessons are about having fun making music, learning, and improving.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands and keyboard for harmonic discussions.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to bring their own music notebook and their own instrument. They may also need to purchase their own lesson books when the time comes.
*** Specialties ***
I can help my students learn how to play in a variety of styles ranging from classical (solos, chamber music, etudes, etc.) to jazz (improvisation, harmony, etc.). Whether they're working on a song to play at school, a NYSSMA or All County solo, or just learning for fun, I will help them play to the best of their ability.
Edit and prepare scores and parts for printing and publication. Score range from original works composed for chamber groups, wind ensemble, full orchestra and big band.
Playing saxophone, flute and clarinet on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.
Performing the Reed 1 book on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.
Performing in the production of Big Fish on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.
Performing the Reed 2 book at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ for this production.
Paying flute, clarinet and saxophone in this production at the Sandbox Theater in Mamaroneck, NY.
Playing alto saxophone and clarinet in this fabulous production that tells the story of Cafe Society, a historic club the was a pivotal launching and point and home for many musicians such as Count Basie, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday.
Playing tenor and baritone saxophones in this musically exciting production in Jersey City, NJ.
Playing tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and sopranino recorder in Michael John LaChiusa's musical "Little Fish".
Playing woodwinds in Bob Marley's musical for children entitled "Three Little Birds" at the New Victory Theater at 47th and Broadway in NYC.
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