William Roach is a professional trumpet performer and music educator
based in West Hartford, Connecticut.
He is an active member of the Hartt Orchestra and Hartt Wind Ensemble at
The Hartt School, where he is currently pursuing his Master of Music
degree in Trumpet Performance, studying with Phil Snedecor. He holds a
Hartt Talent Scholarship and the Jacob & Ethel Greenberg Scholarship
William was a semi-finalist in the large ensemble division of the National
Trumpet Competition. In 2017 he won the Concerto/Aria Competition at
the Missouri Southern State University. Previously, William was a member
of the Gainesville Pops (Gainesville, Florida), the Carolina Band (Mighty Sound
of the Southeast), and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. His primary trumpet instructors have included Freddie Green, Gary
Langford, David Allison, and Jason Ortiz.
While performing in various chamber ensembles, William finished his
Bachelor of Arts with Concentration in Instrumental Performance at
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in Joplin, Missouri. At MSSU
William performed with the Wind Ensemble, the Southern Symphony
Orchestra, and the Lion Pride Marching Band. He also performed
throughout the Four States with the Heartland Opera Company, MSSU
Trumpet Ensembles, and with Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
on numerous musical theater productions.
Growing up, William always had a trumpet lying around his house - his
mother was formerly a trumpet player. As a child, he was intrigued by the
brass instrument, always asking to hold it. At the age of 12 he began
playing and taking trumpet lessons with Jason Ortiz. The lessons catalyzed his
love for music almost immediately - from that moment onwards, William
took part in every possible musical endeavor that he could.
William had not considered making a career out of playing and teaching
until 2010, when he joined the Madison Scouts as a trumpeter. The
experience lit a fire in him to pursue music professionally.
Since then, William has dedicated his career to educating others and working on his craft by joining orchestras, musical productions, opera companies, and
masterclasses to take his musicianship to the next level. He preforms and teaches in Hartford and beyond.