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William Shepherd

Instructor of Music in General Studies

Mr. Shepherd received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Ohio University and has completed additional work at Wooster College and Ohio State University. He has served as band director for McConnelsville, Sandy Valley, Wellington and Wooster, Ohio High Schools, and as brass instructor at Wooster College, Bluffton College, Heidelburg College and Bowling Green State University. During his public school teaching career Mr. Shepherd produced outstanding concert bands with many superior (1) ratings in the Ohio Music Educators competitions. His high school marching bands were featured at college games and have livened up half-time programs for the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mr. Shepherd toured with the Tommy Dorsey/Warren Covington Orchestra in 1958-59. He has recorded for Decca Records and was selected to play in an All American Band Masters presentation at an appearance with Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra director. Shepherd has also performed with recording artist Johnny Mathis.

Mr. Shepherd was Ohio State Chairman of the American School Band Directors Association and served on the National Executive Board of that organization. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, International Trombone Association and other organizations.

In 1970 Mr. Shepherd was chosen as one of the top ten music educators in the United States and Canada by The School Musician music magazine. In 1971 Mr. Shepherd was one of the ten college band directors chosen to conduct The United States Air Force Band at a conducting symposium sponsored by the College Band Directors National Association at Ithaca, New York.

In 1973 Mr. Shepherd released, on Coronet Recordings, an album of trombone solos accompanied by the Lima, Ohio Symphony Orchestra.

In 1976 Mr. Shepherd was a featured soloist at the Music Educators National Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Shepherd was Director of Bands at Finlay College, Finlay, Ohio for seven years.

In 1976 Mr. Shepherd was appointed Associate Professor of Music and conductor of the Symphonic and Marching Bands at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

In 1983, Mr. Shepherd released a Big Band recording titled "Big Band Sounds".

In 1986, Shepherd was a DJ for the Bill Shepherd Big Band Show on KWLO, Waterloo.

In 1991 Mr. Shepherd was appointed Chair of General Studies and teaches conducting, music administration and Liberal Arts classes.

In December 2001 Wadsworth Publishing published a conducting textbook titled: A Conducting Workbook authored by Mr. Shepherd.

In March 2003 the Bill Shepherd Big Band released a CD title Ballroom Memories. Information at web site: or e-mail or call 319-273-2118.

In October 2003 Mr. Shepherd was inducted into his high school alma mater's Hall of Fame. He was inducted into Carrollton High School's first Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding contributions.

In December 2009, Mr. Shepherd released a new CD titled "Christmas in Cedar Falls" recorded at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls. The recording featured the Bill Shepherd Big Band along with Mr. Shepherd's daughter Nola Shepherd as a guest soloist.

In Summer 2010, Shepherd was selected as the Grand Marshall for Sturgis Falls Celebration.

In 2011, Mr. Shepherd was selected as a member of the Wooster High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame. The goals of the WHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame include honoring former  students, teachers, and friends of Wooster High School for their achievements in various fields of the fine arts while in school and in their fine arts related careers.

Since 1976, Shepherd has performed as trombonist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as conductor of the Waterloo Municipal Band since 1984.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Shepherd has performed with Phyllis Diller, Ella Fitzgerald, Joey Bishop, Bob Hope, Edie Cochran, Edie Arnold, Urbie Green, Myron Floren, Roger Williams, Clark Terry, Sammy Davis Jr., Doc Severinsen, and many more notable artists. 

Mr. Shepherd continues to be active as a conductor, solo performer, adjudicator, teacher and trombone clinician.

Contact Information
(319) 273-2118
Office Location: 
CAC 114A
M.F.A. - Ohio University