Bill Baxtresser is a Chicago based soloist and chamber musician who performs for both contemporary and classical trumpet audiences around the country. Having been honored as the Detroit’s Artist of the Year from Tuesday’s Musicale in 2013, Bill has captured the interest of a wide variety of musical organizations across the United States.
As a Schilke Performing Artist, Bill plays in Gaudete Brass, a chamber group committed to the enhancement of the brass quintet genre through the commissioning of new works and music education. Gaudete Brass joined the Cedille Records catalog in 2012 and released their debut album “Chicago Moves”. He is also the 2nd trumpet in the West Michigan Symphony under the direction of Scott Speck, and is an Artist Faculty at Roosevelt University. Bill teaches at Music Institute of Chicago and has lead masterclasses at some of the most esteemed music establishments in the United States including Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Cal Arts, and the University of Michigan.
Bill studied trumpet at Western Michigan University under Dr. Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg. He has also studied with some of the world’s preeminent trumpeters, including Barry Bauguss, Ramón Parcells, and Marcus Belgrave. Bill has performed at both Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, and he maintains strong ties to both the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Furthering his dedication to young musicians, Bill co-founded a music education publishing company, TKBB Press, in 2011. TKBB Press provides innovative new ideas to young musicians through its products, recordings and philosophies.