William G. Rose is presently Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Department Head in the W.A and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where is in his 36th year of teaching at the University. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, music technology, conducts the brass choir, and has served as Musical Director for music theater productions, as well as holding the position of Coordinator of Equipment and Technology for the department.
He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University; his principal teachers are Leonhard Rose, Dr. Gerald Grose, Donald Haack, Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder. He has served as principal trombone/euphonium with the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, Concordia (*Concord) Chamber Orchestra, Music Under the Stars Orchestra & Present Music (Kevin Stahlheim, music director) of Milwaukee, bass trombonist with Acadiana Symphony and Chorale Acadiane, and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Greater Lansing Symphony, , the Detroit Chamber Winds, Shreveport Symphony, Plymouth, MI Symphony and the Ron Devilliers-Jack Carr Big Band, among others. He has performed and recorded with many distinguished musicians including Kevin Clark, Les Elgart, Chuck Hedges, Slide Hampton, Leif Pederson and Skitch Henderson; and performed in shows for Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Donald O’Conner, Liberace, Neil Sedaka, Lena Horne, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Rat Pack, the Four Tops, Marie Osmand and Percy Sledge.
He currently serves as principal trombonist with the Lake Charles Symphony in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana, plays lead trombone/bass trombone with the Lake Charles Jazz Band, lead trombone with the 1944 Big Band, and performs on tenor banjo and tuba with the Bayou Jazz Kings. He is also Music Director at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles. As a theatrical conductor, he has served as Music Director and conductor for many productions in the SW Louisiana area for the McNeese Theater, Lake Charles Little Theater, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Itinerant Theatre, Chamberlain Productions, the Lake Charles Civic Ballet and the Lake Charles Symphony. As a composer and arranger, his catalog includes works for ballet, band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, handbells, brass ensembles/alphorn choir and solo works for brass; his publishers include TAP Music, Kagarice Brass Editions, Gulfwind Music Press, Treble C Music, Fred Bock Music, Editions BIM, Warwick Press and GIA Music. He holds the Henry Alexander Endowed Professorship #2 in Music, and has held the AT&T Professorship 2017-18 & the JP Morgan Chase Professorship 2018-19 at McNeese State University. Mr. Rose is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Melodious Accord Composition Fellow.