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Warfield, Bill (William Leonard Warfield Jr.)

Warfield, Bill [William Leonard Warfield Jr.], trumpet, composer, arranger, educator; b. Baltimore, MD, 2 March 1952. His mother is Margaret Annabelle Baublitz Warfield (birthdate: 1/30/1921, place of birth: Owings Mills, Maryland). His father is William Leonard Warfield (birthdate 5/3/1919, place of birth, Hudson, Maryland). His brother is John Cleveland Warfield (born 7/7/1959, Baltimore, Maryland). Bill studied trumpet with the following:  Lee Cutair 1961-64, Fred Frey 1962-63, Richard Mooreland 1964, Richard Daniel 1965-70, Allen Chambers 1965-67, Raymond Moore 1966-74, Rob Roy McGregor 1974-75, Jimmy Maxwell 1982-83, Lew Soloff 1990-94, Vince Penzarella 2000-2001.  He studied composition with Hank Levy 1970-74, Ray Wright 1986, Bob Brookmeyer 1989, and ear training with Caris Liebman, 2001-present.
He's attended  Owings Mills Elementary School, Franklin Jr. High School, Franklin High School, Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University, University of Maryland Baltimore, Manhattan School of Music, and the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. At the Manhattan School of Music, he got his M.M., Jazz Commercial performance, Trumpet, and his Jazz Commercial performance, Trumpet.

He has taught from 1996-present at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, as an Assistant Professor, Music and at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL as an Assistant Professor, Jazz Trumpet. From 1992-1999, he taught at Towson University, Towson, MD, as an Adjunct Professor, Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions, Jazz Trumpet. He also taught at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York asDirector, Jazz Ensemble and The Dalton School, New York, NY, at Jazz Studies Director.
In the fall of 2000,  Bill Warfield composed and conducted a concert with the The Yellow Jackets entitled "Beneath the Stacks, Second Line of the Industrial Revolution," which was performed at Lehigh University and featured the Lehigh Valley Jazz Repertory Orchestra. 

Among his other accomplishments is a commission by the government of Spain to arrange and produce Hollywood Jazz, a musical review for the 1992 Olympic year, and a commission by the Berlin Radio Orchestra to write two works for big band.  He has been commissioned by the US Air Force Airmen of Note, and has appeared with the United States Navy Commodores as a clinician.  Warfield has performed with many well known jazz and commercial artists including Ornette Coleman, The American Jazz Orchestra directed by John Lewis, Mel Lewis, Paul Anka, Mel Torme, Randy Brecker, David Sanborn, Sonny Stitt, Sheila Jordan and Lester Bowie, among others.  He was an NBC staff musician for the 1995 VIDA awards and has been an orchestrator for Eddie Palmieri and Lester Bowie.  Early in his career, Warfield was a performer and contributing writer for the Bill Kirchner Nonet on Seabreeze Records.  Presently, he is on the advisory board of the Baltimore Jazz Orchestra, where he plays lead trumpet.  In 1996 and 1997, The Bill Warfield Big Band was featured at Birdland in New York City as part of the Apple Band Cavalcade.  The Bill Warfield Big Band was featured at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in 1994 and 1998, and at the New York City Brass Conference 1991, 95, 97, 98, and 99.

In addition to his professional career as an international performer, recording artist, bandleader and producer, Bill Warfield is currently Assistant Professor in the Lehigh University music department.  In 1997 he founded The Lehigh Valley Jazz Repertory Orchestra, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recreation of classic jazz performances as well as the creation of new works for jazz orchestra.

His spouse is Carol Heft, born in Philladelphia PA 3/11/1954, an artist.

New York City Jazz (1990); Hollywood Jazz (arranger and co-producer, 1992); The City Never Sleeps (1994); Nomad (with Randy Brecker) (1995); That Old Devil Moon; Lehigh Valley Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Beneath the Stacks (2001); Hard Bop (2002)

As sideperson:
Bill Kirchner Nonet: What It is to Be Frank (1981), Infant Eyes (1983); Dave Liebman with The Bill Warfield Big Band: Le Jazz Hot (1999); New York Fusion Ensemble: Plays Led Zeppelin (2002)

Radio broadcasts:
2000: Radio interviews by Jeff Biro on WDIY, Radio interviews on Muhlenberg College Radio and Lehigh Carbon Community College, radio with Truman Inglsbe, Interview on WVIA with Erica Funke

2000: Special feature articles in The Morning Call and Express Times

Frank Hook Assistant Professorship, Lehigh University, 2000
Franz and the Class of i68 Grant for iBeneath the Stacksi
Awarded Meet The Composers Grant for iFirst Magic Song performed by The Brooklyn Jazz Composers Orchestra, 1996
The William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz / Commercial Music, Manhattan School of Music, 1994
The Carmine Caruso Award for Outstanding Musicality and trumpet performance, Manhattan School of Music, 1992
Awarded Commissions by U.S.A.F. Airmen of Note, 1992 and 1998
Maynard Ferguson Scholarship, sponsored by Chares Colin Publications, Manhattan School of Music 1991

Contact information:

400 West 43rd St. #19R, NYC, NY 10036
phone is 212-714-0502.  for email,

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