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THOMAS W. BILLING
4514 Dowden Street
Springfield, OH 45503-7417
937-390-1248 (home)
937-284-3499 (cell)
e-mail: billingtw@sbcglobal.net 


web page:  http://bobgrayorchestra.com/musicianavailable

 

PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE

 

To secure a position in the music industry.

 

EDUCATION

 

Bachelor 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 endeavor.

Contractor of musical services as a commercial endeavor.

Co-chairman 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.

 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

 

Promotion 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

Sales Representative 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.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

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

 

Traveling, 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

 

REFERENCES

 

Reference statements are available from:

Ohio Northern University

Placement Office

Lehr-Kennedy House

Ada, OH 45810

(419)-772-2145    


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 it is
 
  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

 

 


Shows played 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

Hairspray                   1/31/2006-2/12/2006  

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:

Titanic                         5/3/2009-5/31/2009

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    

Mame                          5/7/2003-5/11/2003

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:

Mame                          6/30/1983-7/2/1983

42ndStreet                 7/14/1988-7/17/1988

My Fair Lady             6/23/1989-6/22/1989    

Gypsy                          7/13/1989-7/16/1989

West Side Story                  7/13/1990-7/16/1999

Oliver                          6/13/1991-6/17/1991

The Wiz                      7/17/1991-7/20/1991

Once Upon Mattress6/13/1996-6/16/1996

1776                                    7/1/1998-7/4/1998

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                          6/12/2002-6/16/2002

Annie                          6/16/2010-6/19/2010

Annie Get Your Gun  6/15/2011-6/19/2011

Hairspray                   7/18/2012-7/22/2012

@ 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.