Bill Clark

Bill Clark has been a prominent jazz trumpeter, composer and educator on the west coast for the last 30 years. He is a founding member of some of Vancouver's premier ensembles inlcuding the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI); the Hard Rubber Orchestra; the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW); the Electric Miles Band; the acclaimed improvisation ensemble talking Pictures and, during the 1980s and 90s, was leader of one of Vancouver's most prominent jazz groups, the Bill Clark Sextet. As leader of the Bill Clark Sextet, Bill performed across Canada, did numerous CBC recordings, and opened for jazz greats Charles Lloyd and Joe Pass.

Throughout his career Bill has also been a mainstay trumpet player in many of Vancouver's most highly regarded Rhythm & Blues bands and has been featured as part of the Powder Blues horn section since joining the band in 1983. 

From the earliest years of his career Bill has been a passionate educator and advocate for music education. He has been a faculty member at many jazz summer camps and workshops including the Courtney; Delta; Okanagan and Douglas College Jazz Camps as well as the VSO School of Music's own "Jazz It Up" summer improv program for kids. Bill is currently a full-time music educator for two elementary schools in North Surrey.

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