Bill Dowling -The Official Website. Los Angeles based Lead and Jazz Trumpet Player. Teaching Trumpet Private Lessons, Clinics, Bio, Recordings, Schedule, Contact, and News. He has worked and traveled the world with artists such as Aretha Franklin, KC & The Sunshine Band, Paul Anka, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and They Might Be Giants.
Bill Dowling, the oldest of three children, was born in Stamford, CT to the parents of William and Lynn Dowling. While growing up his father filled the house with music. Upon first hearing the enormous sound and swing of Louis Armstrong he began playing the trumpet while still in grade school.
He attended both the Berklee College of music, and the University of
Bridgeport on scholarships, eventually moving to New York to study privately
with Ed Treutel, professor of trumpet at the Julliard School for over 35 years.
While in New York Bill was asked to play lead trumpet for a production of
Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, directed by Mercedes Ellington. This was the first of many Broadway shows, national and international tours, including: Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, w/Savion Glover, Sam Mendez and Rob Marshall's production of Cabaret, Ain't Misbehavin' w/Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Miss Saigon, Chourus Line, Crazy for You, Phantom of the Opera, and Play On! w/Andre De Shields.
Between shows he also had the privilege of playing lead trumpet and traveling the world with some of the finest Big Bands based in New York City, including: The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, David Murray Big Band, and Charlie Persip & Supersound.
Other oppurtunities include playing lead trumpet for a season with The Big Apple Circus, as well as backing numerous pop acts, including: Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Freda Payne, Joan Rivers, Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons, Mary Wilson, and Cleo Laine.
A pivotal role in his developement came while on his first tour of the West Coast; the oppourtuntity to meet and study with Bobby Shew. His ability to explain and teach the complex concepts of playing the trumpet in an efficient manner is known and respected worldwide. The information passed on to Bill has immearurably benefitted him and his students up to the present day.
From 2002 to the present, Bill has been freelancing in Los Angeles with some of the finest musicians in the world, recording jingles, film scores, record dates, teaching privately, giving clinics, and is still in awe of the sound of Louis Armstrong.