Conductor

BillRolfe_DSCN1345_000William (Bill) Rolfe, B. Mus.

Bill Rolfe has conducted the Dundas Concert Band since 1985.  Bill is also a former Faculty Member of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. His career in music started while he was still in high school. Bill began teaching privately and performing for several orchestras and bands in the Hamilton area. He has continued these activities throughout his career.

He currently maintains a private teaching studio at the Burlington Baptist Church.  Most recently Bill was appointed Music Director/Band Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 735 Firebird Squadron located in Dundas. He is a Civilian Instructor and the Officer In Charge of the squadron’s band programme.

Some of Bill’s former private teaching appointments have included providing services for Appleby College and St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School. He was associated with the City of Burlington’s Parks and Recreation Department serving as a woodwind instructor for the Burlington Music Centre from 1987 to 2018. His association with the Burlington Music Centre also included serving as the Music Director for the Burlington Junior Redcoats for 24 seasons (from 1994 to 2018). He also directed a private school band programme for several years.

Bill was involved at McMaster University as a teaching assistant, as well as instructing for a Summer Concert Band Workshop series. He once served on the Faculty of the National Music Camp of Canada. Other coaching and clinician activities have included services for local community-based programmes and ensembles. He has also served as an adviser to music festivals in Hamilton and Burlington.

Bill’s interest in music and technology has seen him actively offering his services as a recording engineer.  Bill has done highly sophisticated multi-track recordings as well as simple stereo recordings.  He has recorded audio projects for a variety of local ensembles of all styles and sizes.

While a student, Bill received scholarships and awards from McMaster University which included Senate and Graduate Scholarships. Other awards have included an Ontario Arts Council Scholarship for private studies.

Bill also has many interests outside of his musical career including astronomy, photography and computer technology, to name a few key activities.