Remembering Bill Trimble

Our friend and colleague Bill Trimble's biography could be found on this webpage page for well over ten years. We produced two superb CDs together, superb in every way thanks to Bill's superb skill and unmistakable tone. Oh yes, let's add his one-in-a-million patience with composers, and 25 solid years of remarkable bouyancy.


That was the sign next to Bill's door in the Music Department at SJSU. Where could we find Bill? Playing concerts in New York, Havana, Seattle, and perhaps every town and village in the San Francisco Bay area. Who did he play for? He was musician on call for those tough sax parts called for by the San Francisco Symphony, the S.F. Ballet, Oakland, San Jose Symphony (remember them?), and the San Jose Chamber orchestra, and that's just for starters.

He touched our lives. Allen Strange's Velocity Studies #4, and Another Fine Mess were only two of the many works Allen wrote for for Bill. They were life-long friends through tough times and the very best. Henry Mollicone wrote his wonderful Dansa Trimbula, and Michael Touchi wrote Tango Barocco for the skills of William Trimble. Our two CDs, Duo, and Explorations, created a musical bond that moved quickly into a lifelong friendship. A Cornish Lanceron, by Lou Harrison, released on a Musical Heritage Society CD, easily demonstrated the esteem Bill's playing engendered.

Bill's students are everywhere. When I hear a great, full, concert tone, around the Bay Area, and half-way around the world, there is a good chance William Trimble had something to do with that. Perhaps he taught the player at hand. Perhaps he taught the teacher. And it is more than hearsay that more than one of the world's greatest soloists knocked on his door to figure out how he got that beautiful sound, and solid technique. Bill said, "I'm mostly self-taught." He was a good listener.

William (Bill) Trimble is survived by his wife, Fabia, and their two sons, Scott and Demian Trimble, all currently living in the Seattle area.  Both Scott and Demian are professionals in the arts.

"the Pavorotti of the saxophone", S.F. Examiner
"The Dean of Bay Area saxophonists", San Jose Mercury.
"Trimble played up a storm, transforming the very personality
of the orchestra with his flamboyance." Monterey Tribune
"William Trimble, whose starring role was lascivious
enough to warrent an "X" rating." San Jose Mercury.