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William S. Carson is Director of Bands at Coe College, where he conducts the Concert Band and the Senior Honor Band, teaches clarinet, conducting, and music history courses, and serves as Administrator for the annual Jazz Summit and Festival of Bands. Carson earned degrees at Macalester College, Southern Illinois University, and Arizona State University, and has served as an award-winning music teacher for schools in Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Iowa. In 1992 Carson's doctoral dissertation won the Council for Research in Music Education's Outstanding Dissertation Award. The Bill Carson Big Band performs swing music for weddings and other social events, and Carson has played woodwind instruments with the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and Dubuque Symphonies in Iowa, and the Lakes Region Orchestra in New Hampshire. He was Business Manager of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band from 1992 - 2004.

Since 2000, Carson has been a staff member of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, and in 2008 became the organization’s associate music director and administrator. Carson, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who in American Education, has extensive experience as a guest conductor, including performances with the United States Army Field Band, the Marine Band of Camp LeJeune, the Air Force Heartland of America Band, and the CBDNA Regional All-Star Band. Over the years, Carson's travels as a conductor, clinician, performer, and researcher have taken him to thirty-four states and twenty-three foreign countries. His book – On the Path to Excellence: The Northshore Concert Band – Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond is published by Meredith Music and is available through the publisher and its distributor, Hal Leonard, and online at Amazon.com. His new edition of Percy Grainger’s original band version of “Spoon River” has recently been published Southern Music and recorded by the United States Marine Band, and recent performances have been given by major military bands in the United States and Europe, and by university bands throughout the United States. This fall Dr. Carson will be involved in performances of “Spoon River” in New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, as well as at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago this December.

William Carson joined the JazzTimes community on Sep 22, 2011