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    William H. Roos

    Bill 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 music students.

    He 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.

    In 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.

    Bill 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.

    At one time, Bill was the principal clarinetist with the Ridgefield CT Orchestra and for 11 years, the principal clarinetist with the Westport Community Band .

    He and his wife, Polly Ann lived in Wilton, CT for 38 years and moved to a smaller home in Trumbull three years ago.


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