Bill Reichenbach


Jazz Institute

Bill Reichenbach grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland where he studied trombone with Gene Brusiloff and Robert Isele. After high school, Bill was accepted to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. There, he studied with the great Emory Remington. While still a student, Bill began his recording career by playing on several Chuck Mangione albums, a couple of albums with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the first recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” which was composed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

After graduation, Bill toured for while with the Buddy Rich Big Band. During this time, the band recorded an album called “Stick It” which featured Bill on an arrangment of Jobim’s “Wave”.

In 1975, Bill moved to L.A. were he started playing the jazz tenor trombone chair on Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big band. He made quite a few albums with the band over the next several years and was a featured soloist on all of them. At the same time, Bill was also the solo jazz trombone player on Don Menza’s big band and he recorded solos on an album with the band. Don put together a sextet out of the big band and featured Bill on tenor and bass trombone on a recording with that band.

As a studio player, Bill has played on about 1000 records, 700 motion pictures, and countless TV shows and jingles.

Bill’s jazz quartet album featuring Peter Erskine on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Biff Hannon on piano, reached number 10 on the national jazz radio play lists.

New York trombonist Mike Davis and Bill have done 4 albums together - “Bonetown”, “Brass Nation”, "New Brass" and most recently, “Absolute Trombone II” and have played concerts all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Bill has been a featured artist and clinician at several International Trombone Festivals including Utrecht (Holland), Nashville, Urbana (Illinois), North Texas State University, and most recently Las Vegas (2007).

Some of the artists Bill has recorded with:
Christine Aguilera, Seal, Mya, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Toto, The Yellowjackets, Seawind, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, David Foster, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Dr. John, Arrowsmith, and Ray Charles. 

Bill is an Artist-clinician for the C. G. Conn Co. He has given master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

As a writer and arranger, Bill has worked on records for Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Diana Ross and others. He has arranged many HBO Special Themes and composed the theme for the HBO “One Night Stand” comedy show. Bill also composed the theme for Fox’s animated series “Peter Pan & the Pirates” as well as much of the underscoring. He contributed to such films and shows as “Licorice Pizza”, “I Love Trouble”, “Frank’s Place”, “Baby Boom”, “Brand New Life”, “Snoops”, “Teen Wolf”, and the special “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue”. Bill composed the main title for a series of Kurt Vonnegut stories called “Welcome to the Monkey House” for Showtime. He has recently completed a score for a documentary film about Frank Lloyd Wright called “A Very Proud House”.

Bill plays the Greenhoe/Conn 62-H Bass Trombone.

“Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Crystal Skull”, “Sex in the City”, “Ratatouille”, “Hairspray”, “Transformers”, “Wall-E”, “Dreamcatcher”, “Identity”, “Daredevil”, “Chicago”, “Men in Black II”, “Training Day”, “Collateral Damage”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Don’t Say a Word”, “Hancock” “Spiderman 3”, “Dreamgirls”, “American Gangster”, “I Am Legend”, “X-men II”, “The Core”, “Red Dragon", “XXX”, “Spiderman”, “Black Hawk Down”, “Monsters, Inc”, “Zoolander”, “Princess Diaries”, “Legally Blond”, “The Mummy Returns”, “What Women Want”, "X-men", "Remember the Titans", "Family Man", “The Matrix”, “The Green Mile”, “Sixth Sense", “Toy Story 2”, “Stuart Little”, “Reindeer Games”, “Godzilla”, “Conspiracy Theory”, “Alien Resurrection”, “Air Force One”, “Forrest Gump”, “Mars Attacks”, “Mission Impossible”, “Twister”, “Starship Troopers”, “Jurassic Park”, “American Pie 2”, “Scary Movie 2”, “Evolution”, “Proof of Life”, "Space Cowboys", "Meet the Parents", "Charlie’s Angels", “The General’s Daughter”, “South Park”, “Deep Blue Sea”, “Magnolia”, “Galaxy Quest", “U-571”, “Contact”, “The Jackal”, “Men in Black”, “Batman and Robin”, “Independence Day”, “Hercules”, “Batman Returns”, “The Rock, “The Frighteners”, “Nixon”.