Dr. Bill Fritz - Saxophones & Clarinet


Born in Indiana, Bill Fritz spent two years in an army band, studied composition with William Russo and Alexander Tcherepnin in Chicago, and with Aurelio de la Vega in Los Angeles.

While residing on the West Coast, Bill was involved in the studios in Los Angeles as a woodwind specialist, arranger, and conductor. During this time he played with various orchestras such as Billy May, Tex Beneke, Claude Gordon, Xavier Cugat, Calvin Jackson, Alvino Rey, and Lawrence Welk. He worked with the great Stan Kenton as a baritone saxophonist and arranger for four years and was the Educationsl Coordinator at Kenton's summer workshops for an additional nine years. In 1968, Stan appointed him Assistant Conductor of his concert jazz group, the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra.

Receiving degrees from California Institutue of the Arts, California State University Northridge, and University of Miami, Dr. Fritz moved to North Carolina where he taught in the University System for 21 years. He has received grants for compositions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Arts Council, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. He is the author of several books on music theory and jazz.

Following his retirement from the University, Bill served as Adjunct Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also has spent much time in performance with the NC Theater, NC Ballet, and the NC Symphony Pops Concerts.

Since 1993, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra has been a favorite pursuit of Bill Fritz. This professional orchestra functions as the jazz equivalent to the North Carolina Symphony withh an annual concert season and a series of recordings. The group has regularly commissioned Bill to contribute works for their library and he is their baritone saxophonist.

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