Bill Clark – Founder & Director

Bill Clark, tubist, started with the Queen City Jazz Band in 1976 and became the leader in 1985.  A retired Professor of Music at the University of Colorado, Denver, Bill’s  passionate endeavors while teaching included his college band, the  UC Denver Claim Jumpers, one of the Nation’s finest college Dixieland bands of the time. The “CJs”   performed across Europe and have been featured at many jazz festivals in the country.  Alumni of the Claim Jumpers include many professionals including Tony Pantelis and Kevin Bollinger,  Roger Campbell, leader of Denver’s After Midnight, Stephen Hill of Denver’s Gypsy Swing Review and many others.  In the early 70’s, Bill performed on the Ed Sullivan Show when he was touring with the original Your Father’s Mustache Band. Bill set a goal to play with the QCJB when he was a high school student in early 60’s.  Bill enjoys working on his old VW, hiking  and traveling with his wife, Susie.