Please welcome Bill Ash to our Brass faculty!
Bill Ash is a highly respected brass musician, band leader, composer/arranger, teacher and music journalist with over 45 years of impressive credits ranging from big band, musical theater and classical performances to smaller jazz groups, pop, rock, polka and Klezmer bands.
Bill has performed at numerous NY area venues including Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Giants Stadium, Izod Arena, the Iridium, Fat Tuesday’s and Trumpets, as well as in Las Vegas and up and down the East coast. His classical appearances include the NJ Pops and North Jersey Symphony Orchestras, Garden State and Rockland County Concert Bands. In addition, Bill has performed with groups of every size and description, including 18-time Grammy winner Jimmy Sturr, the Temptations, the Happenings, Marlene VerPlanck, and Bobby Rydell. In 2003, he was selected as one of NJ’s top jazz musicians by the Newark Star Ledger. He has recorded with the Jazz Composer’s Workshop Orchestra (which recorded his composition Stealing Fire), Kennsington Brass (which recorded several of Bill’s arrangements), Michael Treni, Linda Torchia, the Acme Brass Co., the James L. Dean Big Band, Dick Wells with the Big Band Swing Machine, the Bensen-Scott Big Band, the Infernos, Doug Ferony, Bibi Farber, the Planet Jazz Big Band and Jimmy Sturr, among others. His arrangements and compositions are regularly performed by a number of bands.
In addition to his extensive work as a sideman, Bill’s career has often seen him leading bands. He began leading 15-piece big bands as a student: Sentimental Journey in high school, then the Princeton Swing Band, which he led while at college and continued to run for a decade after graduation. In more recent years Bill has led slightly smaller groups: Touch of Brass and, currently, the 7-piece brass-plus-rhythm Brass Pack. He also has written about music for Gannett Newspapers, for whom he interviewed such trumpet greats as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. Besides performing on brass instruments ranging from piccolo trumpet to tuba, Bill has taught private lessons to students of all ages and levels at the Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights and at the Link School in Newark. We are so delighted that Bill has graciously consented to teach Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba and Trumpet to our students here at The Ridgewood Conservatory!
Call Warren Carr at 201-612-6686 to schedule lessons with Bill Ash.