Teacher Profile: Bill Locklear

Bill  Locklear

Bill Locklear

Instrument(s): Baritone, Bassoon, Brass, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Horns, Oboe, Percussion, Recorder, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Woodwinds, mellophone

City: Atlanta

Education: B.S. in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. Graduate work at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. (Did not finish my graduate degree)

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    About Bill Locklear

    Bill Locklear resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife and children. During his thirty year music education career Mr. Locklear served at the elementary, middle and high school levels and is a master teacher for all brass and woodwind instruments. He has been invited to guest conduct numerous middle, high school and community bands in the southeastern United States. He was twice named “S.T.A.R. Teacher” and selected for “Who’s Who in Teaching” three times. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University. Bill says: "I want to share the love and joy of music with my students while helping them become better musicians."

    Mr. Locklear has performed as a professional bassist for over four decades and appeared with such diverse entertainers as Bob Hope, Frankie Avalon, Frank Gorshen, Dick Shawn, Rita Moreno, Buddy Grecco, Rich Little, Carol Channing, Kate Smith, Kay Starr and jazz musicians Jerry Coker, Clark Terry, Joe Morello, Jimmy Heath, Tom Ferguson, Joe Jones and Slide Hampton. He currently performs with the Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, the Georgia Wind Symphony and leads his own jazz trio,

    Mr. Locklear is a musical composer and arranger for numerous professional, community, university and public school bands and orchestras. He was asked in 1993 to arrange music for the Atlanta Braves World Series homecoming party and in 1996 several of his compositions were performed at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. His music is published by TRN Music and Arrangers Publishing Company He is a member of ASCAP.

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