Here is some information about me:
THOMAS W. BILLING
4514 Dowden Street
Springfield, OH 45503-7417
web page: http://bobgrayorchestra.com/musicianavailable
To secure a position in the
of Arts Degree in Music, Ohio Northern University, 1970.
Certification in Music Education, grades K-12, by State of Ohio, February, 1972.
Total of twenty-four and one half quarter hours of graduate work taken at Wright
State University, Vandercook College of Music, and the University of Dayton.
Had attained Professional Teaching Certificate in Ohio.
Successfully completed the California Basic Educational Skills Test - April 1990.
MUSICAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Private lesson instruction
since 1969 and now at Kincaid’s Music in Springfield, OH.
Miami (Ohio) University Jazz Band Director, August 2007 to May 2008.
Springfield City Schools, February 1972 through 2006. Duties
included the conducting of three elementary bands, three middle school bands and one jazz band, and the conducting of two
high school jazz bands. Past experience included string teaching.
McComb Local Schools, 1970-1971 school year, as the instrumental music teacher, including
band, jazz band, and marching band director at all levels.
ADDITIONAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
Performed as trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (traveling), the Les Elgart Orchestra,
the Holiday on Ice Orchestra, the Shrine Circus Orchestra, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Springfield
Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, and the Super Circus Orchestra. Also performed as trombonist for
entertainers the Four Freshmen, Urbie Green, the Temptations, the O’ Jays, the Dells, Bobby Vinton, Natalie Cole, Bernadette
Peters, Red Skelton, Joel Grey, Jack Jones, Shirley Jones, Joni James, The Mills Brothers, Tommy Tune, Rosemary Clooney, Sandi
Patty, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, and Wayne Newton.
Active as arranger and composer of music as a commercial
Contractor of musical services
as a commercial endeavor.
of OMEA State Orchestra Contest, 1974 through 1983.
Possess computer skills in word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and Finale music-writing software.
Compose and arrange music for award-winning Kaleidoscope
radio show 2000-current.
of the Bob Gray Orchestra and other bands as developer of documents for the bands and making cold calls
Booking agent of the Bob Gray Orchestra, including sales
calls and client contact
for Motion Picture Advertising Corporation, February to September 1970. Duties included cold sales calls of businesses
and the production of commercials for inclusion in local theaters. Additionally, creating contracts with theaters
to secure agreements was a part of the duties.
Music Educators National Conference
Ohio Music Education Association
Jazz Education Network
Jazz Education Connection of Ohio
American Federation of Musicians
Springfield Musicians Association
Dayton Musicians Association
HOBBIES AND DESIRES
having stayed in motels or hotels in all states of the US plus all Canadian Provinces
Collecting vintage Sports cards
Connoisseur of micro-brewed and imported beers
Connoisseur of varieties of coffees
Gourmet foods, including cooking
Reference statements are available from:
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH 45810
What you get with me as a musician:
· a trombonist who is an established top musician in the area since 1965
· a musician who gives a 100% effort on EVERY engagement, no matter what kind of performance
· a musician who practices daily and works diligently on all music given to him in preparation
for each show or event
· a musician who plays as a first-call trombonist for shows at the Schuster Center, Ohio Northern
University, and area high schools
· a musician who plays over one hundred times per year at shows as well as at dances and will
go anywhere in the country to do so
What you get with me as a musical contractor:
· a contractor who will start immediately to take care of everything pertaining to an assignment-I
do not procrastinate at all!
· a businessman who is diligent about making sure that everything is correct so that all engagements
will run smoothly - before, during, and after
· a contractor who studies the part requirements, where instrument doubles are needed, to make
sure the correct musicians are used
· a contractor who employs the best players available for each part, ignoring friendships if
necessary, as your needs are priority one
· a contractor who sees to it that all musicians have required paperwork filled out well ahead
of time and turned in or faxed in quickly
· a person who is retired following a 35+ year career in public education (as a band director)
and has free time to deal with things ALL the time
by Thomas W. Billing
@ Schuster Center In Dayton with National Touring Broadway Shows:
Peter Pan 1/18/2005-1/30/2005
The Producers 4/19/2005-5/1/2005
Color Purple 4/21/2009-4/26/2009
Legally Blonde 6/16/2009-6/21/2009
A Chorus Line 4/27/2010-5/2/2010
Nine To Five 2/1/2011-2/6/2010
White Christmas 11/27/2012-12/2/2012
In The Heights 10/3/2017-10/8/2017
@ Victoria Theatre in Dayton with Traveling Act:
Rat Pack Tribute 11/7/2006-12/7/2006
@ Wright State for Theatre Productions:
Pajama Game 10/18/2009-11/15/2009
Hello Dolly 5/9/2010-5/30/2010
@ Kuss Auditorium in Springfield for Local Productions:
Peter Pan 3/9/1999-3/10/1999
Hello Dolly 9/17/2002-9/22/2002
Bye Bye Birdie 5/20/2004-5/23/2004
West Side Story 9/12/2004-9/19/2004
Last Pirates of VGT 4/3/2018-4/8/2018
@ Rose Music Center in Huber Heights
with Traveling Act:
Golden Boys Show 8/6/2016
@ Veterans Park in Springfield for Summer Arts Council Productions:
My Fair Lady 6/23/1989-6/22/1989
West Side Story 7/13/1990-7/16/1999
The Wiz 7/17/1991-7/20/1991
Once Upon Mattress6/13/1996-6/16/1996
Secret Garden 6/18/1998-6/19/1998
State Fair 7/15/1999-7/16/1999
Damn Yankees 6/17/1999-6/19/1999
Hello Dolly 7/10/2002-7/12/2002
Annie Get Your Gun 6/15/2011-6/19/2011
@ Ohio Northern University for Theatre Productions:
Sweet Charity 4/19/2018-4/22/2018
In addition, there have been many high school theatre productions that
I have been employed to play.