Assistant Professor, West Texas A&M University
- Model: G3-Bb
- Body: .459
- Bell: M22B
- Tuning Slide: Oval
- Leadpipe: D4
- Model: G3-C
- Body: .462
- Bell: C3-20B
- Tuning Slide: Oval
- Leadpipe: D4
"I made the decision to switch to Edwards Trumpets after playing on them at a conference where numerous different instrument manufacturers were present. I played many horns that day, but I kept coming back to the Edwards table as I couldn't get over how great their horns played. It was the smoothest sounding, most free blowing horn I had ever tried. I love the valves on this trumpet!
"Edwards has established a very respectable reputation in the trombone world, and I think that before long, their trumpets will match or surpass the popularity of their trombones. I am extremely proud and honored to be affiliated with Edwards Trumpets."
William Takacs joined the faculty of West Texas A&M University as instructor of trumpet in the spring of 2002. Prior to his appointment at WTAMU, he was instructor of trumpet at the University of West Georgia. He has also served as Artist-in-Residence as a member of the Skyline Brass at Iowa State University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Simpson College, and Des Moines Area Community College and has taught at Florida State University and Bowling Green State University.
William is currently the principal trumpet of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra. Other performance credits of his include guest appearances with the Toledo (OH), Pensacola, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras, and as guest principal trumpet for the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra's 1999 performance tour of Taiwan and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo (Peru). He has also given performances and/or masterclasses at many institutions including Western Michigan University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Valdosta State University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, and the Conservatorio Regional de Música de Trujillo (Peru) and has performed across the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. He has won numerous performance competitions, including the 1999 National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University in Washington D.C., and was one of five semifinalists selected worldwide to participate in the 2000 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition held in Bad Säckingen, Germany, sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild. He also served as an intern at the Philadelphia Orchestra music library for four years while earning his Bachelor’s degree.
William has also been involved in the creation of new additions to the trumpet and brass repertoire. As a member of the Skyline Brass, he commissioned a set of four works for brass quartet by the Composers Consortium of Yale University. He also premiered a work for trumpet and piano in 1997, In Memoriam by Mark Petering, who also dedicated the work to William.
William received the Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. He is an Artist/Clinician for Edwards Trumpets. He is also an active member in the International Trumpet Guild.
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