Bill Burns – Centerville High School Jazz Ensembles

Music Educator, Centerville City Schools

Adjunct Professor, Sinclair Community College

Freelance Saxophone educator and performer

BurnsBill is an active jazz educator and performer across southwest Ohio and has been referred to by the Dayton Daily News as “the biggest, baddest, baritone sax player to play her in a long time”.  Bill is the founder and leader of the Bright Moments Jazz Quintet and the Unity Saxophone Quartet. He is a member of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The Psychoacoustic Orchestra, The Tom Daughtery Orchestra, and various regional bands. Bill’s performance experience includes work Norwegian and Holland America Cruise lines, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Northern Kentucky Symphony, and the Blue Wisp Big Band. He has had the honor of backing up such legends as Phil Woods, John Pizzarelli, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Schuur, John Fedchock, Billy Hart, Denis DaBlazio, Bobby Watson, Frankie Vallie, The Temptations, The O’Jays, and the Funk brothers, among others. As an educator, Bill has been on faculty with the Miami Valley Jazz Camp since 1996. In 2005, Bill was nominated for the Harry T. Wilkes outstanding educator award while teaching in Hamilton City Schools . He currently teaches General Music and Jazz Ensemble in Centerville City Schools and serves as adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College. Bill is past president of the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio and has presented jazz clinics at both the Ohio Music Education Association Convention and the National Jazz Education Network convention in New Orleans. Recordings Bill can be found on include Serenade in Blue with the CCM Big Band, Swing, Dance, Remember with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, and Do What You Gotta Do with the Bill Burns Quartet. His most recent recording, Jazz Advice, is available on with the Bright Moments Quintet. Bill holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Dayton and a Masters in Saxophone Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.



What’s Happening Next?


April 26-27 – Spring Musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29-May 1 – CJB Clinics, 6-8pm

April 30 – Arts Signing Day, 3:00pm PAC

May 2 – Blue Ribbon Assembly, 8:15am PAC

May 3-4 – Spring Musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”

May 5 – Original Night, 7:30pm Central Theater

May 9 – MS Band Concerts, 7:00pm

May 10 – Drum Major Auditions, 3:00pm

May 13-17 – Performing Arts Week

May 14 – Band Concert, 7:30pm PAC

May 16 – Jazz Concert, 7:30pm PAC

May 17 – Jazz on the Lawn, 11:15am-1:30pm Front of CHS

May 17 – CYW/MSPE Concert, 7:00pm PAC

May 20 – CJB Turn-In Night, 6-8pm Band Room

May 22 – Band Awards Night, 7:00pm PAC

May 23 – Senior Recognition Assembly, 8:15-11:00am Front Gym

May 25 – Commencement, 9:00am WSU Nutter Center

May 27- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

May 28-30 – Exams


May 31 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice Day)


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