Biography Summary
Dr. William Zurcher
A.K.A. Dr. Zean W. Zurcher


1973:  Doctor of Education (EdD), Columbia University, New York, NY
1960:  Professional Diploma (PD), Columbia University, New York, NY
1958:  Master of Arts (MA), Columbia University, New York, NY
1956:  Bachelor of Music Education (BME), Morningside College Conservatory of Music, Sioux City, Iowa
1950:  High School Diploma, East High School, Sioux City, Iowa

Professional Certifications:

Teacher of Music (K-12), New York State
School Administration and Supervision, New York State

Teaching Career:

1983-1996:  Plaza Elementary School, Instrumental Music, Baldwin Public Schools, Baldwin, NY
1963-1983:  Baldwin Harbor Junior High School, Instrumental Music, Baldwin, NY
1960-1963:  Middletown High School, Instrumental Music, Middletown, NY
1959-1960:  Graduate Assistant in Music Education (Instrument Classes), Columbia University, New York, NY
1956-1958:  Winnebago Public Schools, Instrumental and Vocal Music (three days per week), Winnebago, Nebraska
1955-1958:  Homer Public Schools, Instrumental and Vocal Music (two days per week), Homer, Nebraska

Jazz and Commercial Performance Career (New York area)

  • George Shearing: Recorded on Capitol Records and performed club dates plus the 1959 National Newport Jazz Festival Tour with featured soloists Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and Nat Adderley. (Tuba—eleven brass plus the Shearing Quintet)
  • Tommy Vig Trio: New York City Club Dates. (String bass)
  • Ernie Rudy Band: Ballrooms, Palisades Park, County and State Fairs. (Tuba)
  • Don Glasser Band: Roseland Ballroom and the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach plus national and international CBS radio broadcasts. (Tuba and string bass)
  • Sal Salvador Rehearsal Band. (Tuba)
  • Roland Wiggins Quintet: Catskill Mountains Resort. (String bass)
  • Club 211 House Band: Middletown, NY (String bass)

Classical Performance Career (New York area)

  • NBC Symphony of the Air: (Augmented) at Carnegie Hall (Tuba)
  • Little Orchestra Society: (Tuba)
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera Orchestra: (Tuba)
  • Russian State Symphony: 1812 Overture at Madison Square Garden for an audience of 16,000 (Tuba)
  • Manhattan School of Music Orchestra: (Tuba)
  • New Symphony: (Tuba)
  • Riverside Church Symphony Orchestra: (Tuba and String Bass)
  • Xavier Symphony Orchestra: (Tuba)
  • Mannes School (now College) of Music Brass Ensembles: (Tuba)
  • Various Concert Bands (Tuba)
  • Hudson Valley Philharmonic: (Five years on Tuba and String Bass)
  • Huntington (Long Island) Philharmonic: (String Bass)
  • Long Island Symphonic Band: (Tuba)
  • Norwalk (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra: (Tuba and String Bass)
  • Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony Orchestra: (Tuba and String Bass)

Performance Career (Sioux City, Iowa area):

  • Sioux City Symphony: 1947-1958 (String Bass) except for a two-year stint in the 21st Army Band: (Tuba and String Bass), Fort Lewis, Washington.
  • Sioux City Municipal Band: 1948-1958 (Tuba)
  • Numerous Ice Shows, Circuses and Trade Shows: (Tuba and String Bass)
  • Music Makers Band: My own band was started in high school and was in existence for about five years in various configurations from combo to big band. (String Bass)
  • Don Kelsey Teen Variety Show: March of Dimes performances in area theaters with my Music Makers Band
  • Eagles Club Band: Concerts and parades (Tuba)
  • Bob Hatch Band: Club dates (String bass)
  • Gus Hahn Band: Club dates (String bass)
  • Turin Inn House Band: Jazz Duo with Manny Ziegler on Piano (String Bass)
  • Named Principal Bass of the All-American Bandmasters Band in Chicago, 1957

Education Research Career (New York)

Research Publications (See Research)
Research Presentations (See Research)

Honorary and Professional Organizations and Recognition

  • Biography in “Who’s Who in America”
  • Little Chicago Hall of Fame
  • Member of Consortium on Competency-Based Teacher Education: Columbia University, 1977-78
  • Kappa Delta Pi—International Honorary Society in Education
  • Phi Delta Kappa International—The Professional Fraternity in Education
  • Phi Mu Alpha—National Professional Music Fraternity
    Life member of Morningside College Conservatory of Music Chapter (Gamma Xi)
    President of Columbia Teachers College Chapter (Beta Gamma), 1959-60
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • National School Orchestra Association
  • New York State School Music Association
  • Nassau Music Educators Association
  • Long Island String Festival Association
  • American Federation of Teachers: Delegate, 1987-2000
  • New York State United Teachers: Delegate, 1987-2000
  • Baldwin Teachers Association
    Vice-President, 1987-2000
  • New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers
    Honorary Life Member
  • American Legion

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