Wil Swindler

Wil Swindler was born on August 15, 1978 in Peoria, Illinois to parents Dan and Jamie. After only 6 months, the family relocated to the great state of Texas where Wil would spend the rest of his childhood. The Swindlers stayed in Lubbock, TX until 1984 when they moved to their permanant home in Round Rock, TX (a northern suburb of the state capitol, Austin).

Wil began studying music at age five with private piano lessons. Following early success on piano with teacher Bill Owens, he began to play alto saxophone in 1987 at age nine. His first saxophone teacher was experienced jazzman Al Biddle who introduced him to both jazz and the fundamentals of the horn. During Wil's public school years, he stayed with the saxophone and began to explore the world of composition. From 1995-1997, he studied saxophone and improvisation with Austin saxophonist Eli Haslanger (who now lives in Brooklyn's Park Slope area).

Upon graduating from Round Rock High School in 1997, Wil enrolled at the illustrious University of North Texas to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies. During his four years at UNT, Wil played alto saxophone in the 4:00, 3:00, 2:00, and world-famous 1:00 Lab Band and recorded five original big band charts on UNT albums (Lab 2000 and Lab 2001). Wil also studied saxophone with Jim Riggs, Tim Ishii, and Eric Nestler and arranging/composition with Paris Rutherford and Neil Slater. Wil graduated from UNT with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies with an Arranging Emphasis in May 2001 and moved to New York City on September 2, 2001.

Wil currently resides on Manhattan's upper west side and plays professionally in the New York City area. Since his cross-country move Wil has studied saxophone with Dave Pietro. and has become a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop with Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. His most recent composition project was Amalgamation for Trombone and Mixed Winds which was commissioned by UNT trombonist Paul Compton. Although Wil enjoys living in New York City, he longs to return to Texas (or at least somewhere less crowded than this insane asylum called a city).

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