Bill Schmearer‘s first encounter with NEMC happened in July of 1981. He was invited by Porter Eidam to guest conduct the Symphony Band. In 1984 he was appointed to the faculty as conductor of the Chorale. The following summer, Bill took conductorship of the Concert Band and continued in that role until 2000. In 1997 he added the Jazz Ensemble to his duties at NEMC. In 2000 he became conductor of the Stage Band. In addition to Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band, Schmearer teaches Jazz Piano, Electric Bass, coaches Improvisation and teaches Solfeggio. Over the last 26 years Bill has conducted most of the performing groups at NEMC and taught many of the classes.
Schmearer is retired from the Spring-Ford Area School District where he was the Supervisor of Music and directed the High School Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Unit. He is an adjudicator for the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Division where he began the sight reading component to Jazz contests. Bill has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician for High School festivals in the North East. At the university level, he presents workshops and clinics. For thirteen years he was the associate conductor for the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra working with Eidam. He has returned to the PSO to conduct the Holiday concert series. Hmm … I wonder if the resemblance to Santa has something to do with that? His professional associations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu and served as president of PMEA District 11.
Bill is a jazz pianist having performed for many years throughout the Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Your areas with the Mike Solick Quartet. Over the years he has performed with many well known big bands and jazz artists. Recently He and Marian Murphy released their new CD “Live at the Saturday Night Club” which also featured Gail Levinsky on Baritone Sax.
Says Schmearer, “As a Jazz educator, I am very pleased to have been a part in bringing the Jazz program at NEMC to its current high level of musicianship and look forward to constantly raising the bar.”