William Owens

William Owens

Composer, Clinician, Retired Educator


William Owens (b. 1963) is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is a seasoned music educator and very

active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His

compositional style for young ensembles displays a keen, practical approach which has firmly

established him as a leader in the field. Since 1993, Mr. Owens has written over 200

commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His

music is performed and appears on required music lists nationally and abroad. Principal

commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Iowa

Bandmasters Association, the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts, the College of

Charleston (SC) and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Several of his works

including The Blue Orchid and Maesong have been recorded and analyzed in educational text by

the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Other works such as Carpathia,

Great Wall, The Tahoka Galop and Tudor Sketches have become staples of the young band


William is a 1985 graduate of Chicago's VanderCook College of Music and the recipient of

numerous awards and grants for composition. Professional memberships include the American

Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Texas Music Educators Association

(TMEA), the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) and Phi Beta Mu International

Bandmasters Fraternity. He is recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, and a

recipient of the Texas Bandmasters Association’s Meritorious Achievement Award.

In January 2014, William formally retired from duty as a band director in Texas after 30 years of

service. His spare time interests include sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational

material and Presidential biography. A proud Chevrolet Corvette owner/enthusiast, he holds

membership with Cowtown Vettes, a non-profit service organization in the Dallas/Fort area.

William resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife and best friend, Georgia.

  Session Titles

Discipline is NOT the Enemy of Enthusiasm!


This session offers practical, straightforward solutions for quality classroom management and generating student enthusiasm.

Doing “Within” When You’re Doing “Without”!


With the myriad of challenges presented by today's diverse and fast-paced school environment, band programs of small size are no longer the exception; they're the rule! This comprehensive workshop will offer practical, easy-to-apply strategies to help bands of modest resource achieve successful and satisfying performances in any situation.

Guest Clinician/Conductor


A seasoned instrumental educator of 35 years, Mr. Owens is very active as a composer, clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada.