Roos who plays clarinet with the SCCB was raised and schooled in the Mamaroneck
school system in Westchester County, New York. He started clarinet
lessons in the 6th grade and played in the band and orchestra through junior
high and high school from which he graduated in 1945 with a New York State
regents diploma. On Saturdays, during his senior year, Bill attended
the Julliard School of Musicís special program for advanced high school
served in the United States Army from 1945-46 and had the opportunity to
play clarinet in an army band in Fort Lee, Virginia. In 1947, Bill
entered Ithica College and graduated in 1951 with a degree in music education.
1951, his first job was director of bands in the Washington N.Y. Central
School where he met Polly Ann, his wife-to-be, who was a fourth grade teacher
at the time. They married in 1954, had four boys and now have fourteen
grandchildren and one great grand daughter.
took a job as director of bands for the junior high schools in Norwalk,
CT and in 1960 moved up to Brian McMahon High School and transferred to
Norwalk High School in 1970. He transferred once more in 1974 to
West Rocks Middle School and retired from teaching in 1981. From
then until 1998, he taught private students at Merit Music in New Canaan.
one time, Bill was the principal clarinetist with the Ridgefield CT Orchestra
and for 11 years, the principal clarinetist with the Westport Community
and his wife, Polly Ann lived in Wilton, CT for 38 years and moved to a
smaller home in Trumbull three years ago.