The 32nd Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival
with Bill Prince, saxophone

Friday, April 28, 2017

Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
The University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia 30118


Bill Prince
, a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida comes from a background rich in music.  He has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Bellson.  He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador.  Bill has performed on over 50 albums including his The Best Kept Secret in Jazz.  He can currently be heard on Duffy Jackson's CD, Swing! Swing! Swing!, Buddy Rich's CDs, Mercy Mercy, and The Best of Buddy Rich.  In more recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the world.

One of Bill's most unique talents is his ability to perform professionally on several instruments.  For example, although he played trumpet with Buddy Rich, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section.  His performing instruments include trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and electric bass.  Bill produced his own CD, Happy Thoughts, on which he composed, arranged and performed all parts. 

Bill holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in Theory and Composition from the University of Miami.  He has taught at Florida Atlantic U, the U of Colorado/Denver, St. Francis Xavier U, Nova Scotia, the U of North Florida, and served as a visiting lecturer at Cape Town U and Natal U, South Africa.  Music has taken him to all 50 states and 81 countries of this world. 

Bill has received Undergraduate Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Awards and student groups under his direction have twice won national Jazz Band competitions.  He was also awarded first place in an IAJE Jazz Composition Contest.  Bill's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by professional, college and university jazz ensembles throughout the United States and Canada.  In 2000, his Concertino for Jazz and Legit Clarinets was recorded by the Warsaw (Poland) National Philharmonic. 

Bill and his wife Jane have raised two children, April and Robert, both heavily involved in music.  April taught elementary music for a number of years, became a registered nurse, and currently, with her husband, Joe DeAntonic is heavily involved in the Chicago dance community.  April frequently travels the country as a DJ.  Rob worked on cruise ships for three years, in Las Vegas for ten, then moved to San Antonio where he works as a manager at a national air conditional company.
Source: billprince.net

The Sunbelt Jazz Festival is an annual event sponsored by the University of West Georgia's Department of Music under the direction of Dr. Daniel Bakos, Professor of Music, and Director of Jazz Studies and Music Theory. The event consists of workshops conducted by the guest artist and a culminating concert featuring the guest artist accompanied by the UWG Jazz Ensemble. Each year features a different well-known guest jazz artist. The school jazz groups in attendance have the opportunity to be critiqued by and rehearse with the guest artist. Since beginning in 1986, the Sunbelt Jazz Festival has featured many notable jazz musicians nation wide, including Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jerry Coker, Steve Wiest, Rob McConnell, Gary Foster, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Giacomo Gates, Ken Trimmins, and one of West Georgia's own, Mariano Pacetti. The University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble is the resident band for the annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival.

Presented by the University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble & The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Dr. Daniel Bakos

Sunbelt Application

Applications are now open to participate in the 32nd Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival! Have your band participate in the festival and get to play with the pros themselves! Application is below - for more information about registration, please contact Daniel Bakos at 678-839-6269 or Justin Mayercik at jmayercik@westga.edu.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Bakos at:
Office: (678) 839-6269
Email: dbakos@westga.edu