Billy Buss is an award-winning trumpet player, composer and educator originally from Berkeley, California, now living in Boston. Billy received his BA in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music ('09) and graduated with a Masters in Music from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance ('11). During his rigorous tenure there, he studied improvisation and music theory with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Terence Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, among others.
In 2014, he was awarded 2nd Place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Competition for Trumpet, and since maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule throughout the New England and NYC area.
You can find Buss performing locally and nationally with his own band, B-Squared Jazz Productions, or as a member of Kahootz Entertainment (K2), Steve Memmelo and The Classic Yellow, and a host of others. These collaborations range from Hip-Hop and Pop to Classical and Jazz.
In addition to a regular performance schedule, for the last 4 years, Buss has directed the general music, choral and instrumental studies program at The Mission Hill School, in Jamaica Plain, MA and is a senior faculty member in the Brass and Piano departments at the Boston School of Music Arts. Buss serves as Jazz Brass Faculty at the NEC Preparatory School as well as the Berklee 5-Week Program.