Bill Gemmer fell in love at the age of ten....with the trombone. He studied with Tony Chipburn, principal trombonist with the CSO, during high school, and pursued his studies further at University of Kentucky. He enlisted in the army and spent some of that time in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division Band. A rifle on one shoulder and a horn on the other took some getting used to. He returned to the states and attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, then hit the road with a couple of well known orchestras: The Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra under the leadership of Buddy Morrow. He traveled to Germany and played with the South German Radio Orchestra in Stuttgart, then went on the road with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Bill became one of the “Riverboat Ramblers” enjoying several cruises on the Mississippi Queen. Bill was a founding member of The Blue Wisp Big Band, and the musical director at the Dee Felice Café in Covington, KY for many years. He also taught in the Jazz Department at CCM. He currently enjoys working with The Pete Wagner Orchestra, Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers, and many of Cincinnati’s finest musicians.
Bill will be joined by Jim Pelz on guitar and Peter Gemus on bass.
$10 drink minimum per person