Bill Marley


Bill Marley started playing trumpet when he was 8 years old. He received his early musical training from two older brothers, both professional musicians, and Victor Green, retired cornetist with Her Majesty’s Grenadier Guards Band (the Queen of England’s band). Direct from high school, Bill auditioned for and was accepted by the U.S. Coast Artillery Corps Band where he studied with Robert Glenn, played two radio shows a week over the Southwest Radio Network, one with the Corps concert band and one with their jazz band, and was principle trumpet in both bands during his final year.

After leaving the service, Bill played in the Kansas City Conservatory of Music Symphonic Orchestra, and for several years jobbed with professional dance bands and jazz groups in the Kansas City area. Most recently he has studied with Bruce Daugherty, core member of the Millar Brass Ensemble. Bill is currently a member and personnel manager of the Palatine Concert Band, performs with dance bands in the area and is a freelance soloist.

Name: Bill Marley

College: Rockhurst College (Kansas City), St. Louis University

Major: Broadcasting

At The Music Room since: 1999

Music teacher who inspired me the most:  Francis Marley (older brother)

Favorite quote about music:  “I guess I’d better go home and practice”  ~ Adolph “Bud” Herseth

Note:  This was his response after he auditioned for a position in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  He was told “you are the new first chair trumpet” by the conductor.  Herseth held that position for 46 years and was recognized as the best orchestra trumpet player of his time.

My best gig: First chair trumpet, United States Coast Artillery Corps Band

Favorite classical artist:  Maurice Andre

Favorite jazz artist:  Clark Terry, Chet Baker

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