William Gray Beach
William Beach is an active performer and educator. He holds a degree in Music Education from Furman University, and a Masters and Doctorate in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Beach has performed with the Wilmington City Ballet, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Durham Symphony Orchestra, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, the Triangle Brass Band, the Market Street Brass Quintet, the Tar River Symphonic Band, the UNCG Wind Ensemble, and the Triangle Tuba Quartet at a variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SERTEC), and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC) and under the baton of such noted composers as Frank Ticheli and John Mackey. He recently was selected as a finalist for the Tuba Artist Competition at SERTEC and MWRTEC 2020. In May 2020 he was selected as a Tuba Artist semifinalist for the Leonard Falcone International Tuba/Euphonium Competition. Currently, he is a member of the Modern Music chamber ensemble Winnfield Quartet, which premieres new music and presents masterclasses. He combines energy for performance with a passion for education. Dr. Beach’s experience as a music educator spans all age levels, from kindergarten to university. He previously taught in Chatham and Wake County Schools, as well as initiating the band program at Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro. His primary teachers are Don Strand, Mark Britt, Michael Taylor, Randy Kohlenberg, and Dennis AsKew. In addition, he is an avid proponent of new and innovative music for low brass, featuring composers that use nontraditional techniques and electronic mediums on his performances. He is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha. Dr. Beach currently serves on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington assisting Dr. Daniel Johnson, on the faculty of Coastal Carolina Community College and Campbell University teaching applied low brass.