Bill Locklear (b. 1947) has composed at the professional, community, university and public school levels for over forty years including many commissioned works. Mr. Locklear was asked in 1993 to arrange music for the Atlanta Braves World Series homecoming party and in 1996 Mr. Locklear’s compositions were featured at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. His music is published by TRN Music and Arrangers Publishing Company. Memberships include ASCAP, National Band Association, NAfME, Georgia Music Educators Association and Epsilon Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
During his thirty-year music education career Mr. Locklear served at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He was twice named “S.T.A.R. Teacher” for the Effingham County school system and selected for “Who’s Who in Teaching” three times. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University and is a frequent guest conductor in the southeastern United States.
As a performer Mr. Locklear has appeared as a professional bassist for over five decades, appearing with such diverse entertainers as Bob Hope, Frankie Avalon, Frank Gorshen, Dick Shawn, Rita Moreno, Buddy Grecco, Rich Little, Carol Channing, Kate Smith, Kay Starr and jazz musicians Jerry Coker, Clark Terry, Joe Morello, Jimmy Heath, Tom Ferguson, Joe Jones and Slide Hampton. He is the conductor/music director for popular singer Curtis Reed and currently performs with the Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, the Cobb New Horizons Jazz Ensemble and leads his own jazz trio. Mr. Locklear resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife and two children.