William Berry

William Berry received his Bachelor of Music Performance in Trumpet in 1982 from Indiana University, where he studied with Louis Davidson, Allan Dean and Charles Gorham. He has been a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 1988 and is principal trumpet for the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Gonzaga University's Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Spokane Area Children's Chorus on their 1998 British Isles Tour, and at the 1995 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the world's largest traditional jazz festival.

Berry performs regularly with Spokane's local groups ranging from Allegro, a baroque and classical period music group, to Zephyr, an ensemble specializing in 20th century chamber music.

Berry has regularly appeared as a soloist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest since becoming a member in 1993, including local performances as well as national and international tours. For six years he served as the leader of that unit's Dixieland Band, and is currently leader for the Band of the Northwest's Brass Quintet.

As a member of the Seattle-based Emerald City Brass Quintet from 1983 to 1991, he performed on numerous concert series, television and radio broadcasts, and other venues from Alaska to Montana, including regular guest appearances at the Olympic Music Festival, and as finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York.

From 1975 to 1978, Berry was a member of the First U.S. Army Band, stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, which gave hundreds of performances per year up and down the East Coast.

Winner of the 2003 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for music, William is a musician whose career encompasses every aspect of the field. He has found success as a performer, composer, arranger, director, producer, writer, and educator.

Berry is founder and music director of Clarion, a 13-member brass choir, which has been performing since 1992. In 2000, Clarion recorded a popular compact disc entirely comprised of Berry's Christmas and holiday arrangements, entitled Nutcracker Suite Dreams. In 2003, they released a second recording, Angels, a large-scale work for 2 choruses, brass, percussion, and organ. In 2005, Berry produced a third Clarion disc, a sequel to NSD, entitled A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Cycling Music, a concerto for trumpet with brass, commissioned by the Eastern Washington University Music Department and funded by an Enabling Creativity Grant, was premiered in March of 2004 by world-famous trumpeter Allen Vizzutti accompanied by Clarion Brass as the culmination of a two-day symposium called Brassology.

Other projects involve setting Janell Cannon's award-winning children's book, Stellaluna, to music and a commission from Mozart on a Summer;s Eve for a new woodwind nonet to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Manito Park in Spokane.

Berry is also the instigator and music director of two new and experimental groups. One is String Jam, an electric string orchestra which erases musical boundaries by combining swing, rock, blues, jazz, fiddling, and other popular styles with dazzling virtuosity. The other is Of A Mind, a consortium of seven multi-instrumentalist creative artists, which performs free and minimal-parameter improvisation in a variety of styles.

In off hours, Berry is an avid long distance cyclist, and with his wife, Carol Dorsett, plays frisbee with a border collie named Figaro and is in the process of renovating a 1901 post-Victorian home.