William Russell
Applied Tuba
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
Applied Tuba
Research Interests
Tuba/Euphonium Performance and Pedagogy

B.M., Arizona State University

M.M. DePaul University

Additional Information

William is currently the tuba player of the world-renowned, internationally-touring ensemble Boston Brass. The band’s unique and entertaining blend of chamber music, jazz, and educational outreach is a perfect fit for a tuba player that is equally at home with Bach and bebop. Prior to joining Boston Brass, William was a co-founder of the Chicago-based quintet Alliance Brass and is an alumnus of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His principal private teachers have included Steven Layman, Kevin Stees, Sam Pilafian, Mike Roylance, Floyd Cooley, jazz trumpeter John D’earth, and bassist Peter Spaar.

As a classical, jazz, and pop instrumentalist, William has performed across the United States in venues from the Corn Palace to Carnegie Hall, and he has toured in Europe with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. William can be heard on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Grammy-winning 2008 recording of Shostakovich’s 4th Symphony, and if you look hard enough you might spot him acting as a background musician in the episode “Slave to Memory” from 20th Century Fox’s television show Empire.

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