William Pitts is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Dallas, Texas. Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. He was the first student to complete an Honors Project in both Conducting and Composition. Will also earned teaching certification from North Georgia College and State University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Michigan.
Pitts served as a Conductor of the Phantom Regiment for three years (2005, 2007-2008). He was a finalist for DCI’s Jim Jones Leadership Award all three years. In 2008, the Regiment took first place honors as World Champions at the Drum Corps International Finals. Will was also honored as Regiment’s 2008 Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year. He has also served on Regiment’s Management Staff.
Pitts is active as a music designer, adjudicator, and instructor for high school band programs throughout the country. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed across the United States, Canada, and Australia. He has written works for and been commissioned by the University of North Texas, Wake Forest University, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble, The Vega String Quartet, the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, the Northwinds Symphonic Band, horn virtuoso J.D. Shaw, tuba virtuoso Christian Carichner, and numerous high school and collegiate wind and chamber ensembles. He has also served as a production consultant and talent for Tom Blair, Inc., Drum Corps International, and MTV.
Pitts is currently Assistant Director of Bands at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, TX, where he is Director of Chamber Music Studies, Music Arranger and Composer for the Duncanville High School Marching Band, and teaches the Symphonic “Red” Band.