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William G. Rose is Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Mr. Rose is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on soprano, alto, tenor and bass trombone, as well as euphonium, tuba and alphorn. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, has conducted the brass choir, and served as Musical Director for music theater productions, as well as holding the position of Coordinator of the Computer Music Lab. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University; his principal low brass teachers are Leonhard Rose, Dr. Gerald Grose, Donald Haack, Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder. He has served as principal trombone/euphonium with the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, bass trombonist with Acadiana Symphony and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Greater Lansing Symphony, Present Music and the Detroit Chamber Winds. He has performed with many distinguished musicians, including Bob Hope, Donald O’Conner, Liberace, Les Elgart, Slide Hampton, Josie O’Donnell and Skitch Henderson. He currently serves as principal trombonist with the Lake Charles Symphony (where he holds the William G. Rose Chair for Principal Trombone) and the Rapides Symphony; and he performs locally with the Bayou Jazz Kings. He recently performed and competed in Switzerland at the Association Festival International de Cor des Alpes 2017 in Nendaz, Switzerland, where his composition “Afroalp” for alphorn quartet with djembe was premiered. He also serves as principal conductor and composer for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet.
Mr. Rose is Music Director at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles. As a composer and arranger, his catalog includes works for band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, handbells and brass ensembles; his publishers include GIA Music, Warwick Music, Treble C Music, Kagarice Brass Editions, Abingdon Press, Fred Bock Music, Editions BIM, TAP Music, Wayne Leupold Editions and Gulfwind Music. He has held the Henry Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music at McNeese State University, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and has appeared on trombone, guitar and tenor banjo on recordings with artists Johnny Persa, Kevin Clark and Jazz Revelation, and the LATEX Trombone Quartet. He currently serves as Chair of the International Trombone Association Press and is former Chair of the Instrumental Interest Area for the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Mr. Rose is a 2014 Melodious Accord Composition Fellow.