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8th Annual South Texas Jazz Festival

Bill King & The King William Brass Band

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Saturday February 3, 2024
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The South Texas Jazz Festival is open to all high school and middle school big bands, combos, and vocal

Jazz ensembles.


The South Texas Jazz Festival is a non-competitive event, offering directors the option to receive a

confidential rating and/or comments only. Outstanding MS/HS soloists, as well as outstanding saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm sections will be selected by the judging panel, and all ensembles that enter for a rating and receive a Superior rating from the judges will receive Superior performance plaques at the awards ceremony that evening. All performing groups will receive digital adjudicated comments along with a compact disc of their performance. Each performing ensemble will receive a 20-25 minute clinic with one of their adjudicators immediately following their performance.

Registration Fee:

Each group registration fee of $300 includes digital adjudication recordings, individual group clinics, audio recording and unlimited access to all performances by other participants. If entering more than one ensemble, the second ensemble fee will be $250. Booster Vendor #399 if using a purchase order. All day admission for Saturday, February 3: non-participants is $15/Adults and $8/Students. Participating directors and students will receive wristbands for Saturday evening's feature concert on February 3, 2024.

Guest Artist:

Bill King

Jazz saxophonist and woodwind artist Bill King is a dynamic musician who has performed throughout the world including the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. King grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where he studied music at the Greenville Fine Arts Center. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education/performance certificate from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In March 2009, King retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) bands after 21 years where he was a woodwind specialist. During 14 of those years King was the music director of the Jazz bands at USAF Band of the Golden West, USAF Reserve Band, USAF in Europe Band and the USAF Band of the West. He was responsible for commissioning hundreds of compositions and arrangements as well as producing numerous recording projects. He also performed in the concert band on clarinet, flute, and bassoon while often being featured as a classical saxophone soloist.

Currently based in San Antonio, King established himself by playing with some of the area’s best bands including the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, Gerry Gibb’s “Thrasher’ Big Band, The Paul Elizondo Orchestra, The Mambo Kings and Henry Brun’s Latin Players. His skill on a variety of woodwind instruments is on display in many of the “Broadway across America” productions at the famous Majestic Theater in San Antonio. He is the founder and music director of the King William Jazz Collective, a 12-piece all-star band performing monthly at the local jazz showcases Carmen’s De La Calle and Luna Live. Over the years, King has performed and recorded with many of the jazz greats to include Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Chris Potter, Ernie Watts, Marvin Stamm, Manhattan Transfer, Eddie Daniels, Rufus Reid, Ellis Marsallis, Jason Marsallis and Michael Abene. He also backed such musical pop stars as Johnny Mathis, Petula Clark, Clint Black, Faith Hill, The Temptations and Winnona Judd.

In 2010, King produced, arranged and performed on the CD release, Feelin’ Alright with Johnny P and the Wiseguys. Noted jazz critic and author, Scott Yanow wrote, “Bill King emerges as most valuable player with excellent solos on tenor, alto, soprano and alto flute.”

King has also performed with Eddie Palmeri, Jeff Coffin, Franky Vasquez, The Temptations, Four Tops, the OJays. Frankie Valli and Four Seasons, Kristen Chenoweth and The Lionel Hampton All Star Big Band with Diane Shurr and Jason Marsalis. He was also a clinician adjudicator for the 2013 Longhorn Jazz Festival at the University of Texas and the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. In 2013 and 2014, King released two jazz albums: “Debut” The Bill King Quartet and the self-titled “King William Jazz Collective.” “The King William Jazz Collective” has attained #20 on the Jazz Week Charts and #5 on The Roots Music report (both are National radio airplay charts).

For questions or any other information,

Contact Patrick Aguirre

210-397-8297 or at

Registration Deadline 

January 24, 2024

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