Mr. William Pagan-Perez has a commitment to compose and to publish solo music and chamber music for trombone and other wind instruments (brass and woodwinds). For him, it is a duty to provide academic, educative and entertaining music that includes the classical traditions with a touch of his Afro-Hispano-American heritage in many performing levels. This initiative started because of the lack of published repertoire for trombone and some other woodwinds and brass instruments by Puerto Rican composers.
Mr. Pagán-Pérez first composition was Lady Sara for trombone, guiro, and piano. Lady Sara's World Premiere performance was in 2012 by Trombonist Christopher Dobbins at Soul Ross State University. In 2013, Mr. Pagan-Perez himself performed a special arrangement for his bass trombone piece Mabodamaca's Meditation. This performance was in collaboration with the Porta del Sol Wind Ensemble. In 2014, trombonist Nayib Gonzalez and the Porta del Sol Wind Ensemble performed the World Premiere of The Bo Guamo's Battle (for bass trombone and concert band). The Bo Guamo's Battle has a reduction for piano available, too.
The first movement of Mr. Pagan-Perez's Concertino for Trombone and Piano was performed by his former trombone teacher Luis F. Fred at the Trombone Festival of Costa Rica (2016). Sonatina for bass trombone and piano was performed during the International Trombone Festival (2017) by Gerry Pagano (trombonist of the Saint Louis Symphony). Trombonist Randy Román performed the World Premiere of Sharellee (a single movement piece for trombone and piano) in a community concert sponsored by the Municipal Government of the Town of Guayanilla, PR.
Mr. Pagan-Perez's students had performed some of his trombone solos in student concerts: Remberto Vazquez performed Lady Sara and Juan Solis-Padilla performed the piece Theme and Variation on "Duérmete mi niño." Beginners students of the Song and Wind Seminar of Puerto Rico premiered "Himno por la juventud puertorriqueña" for trombone quartet.
Trombonist Gregory Etzel (from Illinois) and the Peoria Municipal Band performed The Bo Guamo's Battle in their summer concert series of 2019. Short Piece was the first solo written for contrabass trombone and piano by Mr. Pagan-Perez. It was composed by the request of trombonist Javier Colomer from Spain.
In 2020, Dr. Donn Schaefer and the initiative Harmonic Revolution: Music For Change of the University of Utah School of Music commissioned Justice Fanfare: A music piece to unite people in a good cause (for trombone choir) in a time of national turmoil and racial injustice. Please, read more on: https://www.trombone.net/newsitem/harmonic-revolution-music-for-change/ The Indiana University Trombone Choir (Carl Lenthe, and Kody Hartman, directors) and the Eastman Trombone Choir (Larry Zalkind, director) premiered Justice Fanfare in a Consortium on November 11, 2020. The Trombone Choir of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico , The Porta Del Sol Trombone Ensemble, The Ellicott City Trombone Choir, and the Razorbones (University of Arkansas) had performed Justice Fanfare in their 2021 Virtual Concerts because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In 2021, Three Afro-Hispanic Movements was premiere by Dr. Luis F. Fred (trombonist), Dr. Tremon Kizer (conductor), and the University of Central Florida Symphonic Band. Also in 2021, Obertura Tropical was premiered by The Porta Del Sol Trombone Ensemble.
Literature reviewers from the International Trombone Association wrote reviews with notes, critics, and advices for some pieces. Please, feel free to visit the Association website to read them:
Concertante Boricua No. 2 for bassoon and wind ensemble was dedicated to bassoonist Heather Ainsworth-Dobbins, who performed the piece on many occasions including presentations at Soul Ross State University and Washington and Lee University. This piece has a reduction for bassoon, electric bass and piano.
Four Pieces for flute and electric bass was commissioned by flutist Daisy Colón, but it also was a nice success for violin and electric bass when violinist Veronica Quevedo make an adaptation for the piece.
In 2020, Dr. Nitai Pons recorded a demo video of Be Proud of Your Self! for trumpet and piano. This demo recording has some additional instrument, added using the Garage Band software. The recording is available on YouTube.
"Mi combo sabroso" for the earlier-intermediate level brass quintet was premiere by students of the Song and Wind Seminar of Puerto Rico. Later the piece was performed by students of the Escuela Libre de Música de Arecibo.
Mr. Pagán-Pérez also composes music for large ensembles. Fanfare for the Common Teenager is a piece that includes many jazz and Afro Puerto Rican elements with the concert band tradition, that have been performed by many concert bands from Puerto Rico, such as the Porta del Sol Wind Ensemble, the Preparatory Concert Band (Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico), the San German Municipal Band, the Concert Band of University of Puerto Rico (Ponce Campus), and the Concert Band of the Escuela Libre de Música de Mayagüez.
Camerata Porta Del Sol is a small wind ensemble formed by fifteen Puerto Rican music teachers, and it is conducted by Prof. Bartolo Vargas. This ensemble requested the creation of new repertoire, and it premiered Fanfare and Jíbaro Theme (2021) and Fanfare and Danceable Mood (2021). Also, this ensemble and trombonist Nayib Gonzalez performed a new arrangement for Mabodamaca's Meditation.
Mr. William Pagán-Pérez is a member of the Sheet Music Plus Press' global community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. His unique compositions and products are available for digital download on https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/william-pagan-perez-sheet-music/3005882
Mr. William Pagán-Pérez is a former trombone instructor and history of music professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Also, Mr. Pagan-Perez taught trombone, euphonium, and music theory at the Preparatory School of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and trombone at the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus). As a music teacher, Mr. Pagan Perez taught music instruments, music theory and conducted beginners and intermediates youth symphony orchestras and concert bands at Programa de Orquestas Sinfónicas Juveniles de Puerto Rico (POSJU), the System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs- Música 100 X 35, and the Secondary School (UHS) of the University of Puerto Rico. Mr. Pagán-Pérez was the assistant director and faculty of the Song and Wind Brass Instruments Seminar offered in many educative institutions in Puerto Rico.
Today, Mr. Pagan-Perez is a public school music teacher in the Western New York Area.
As an additional or substituted trombonist, Mr. Pagán-Pérez has collaborated with different Puerto Rican orchestras and ensembles: Concert Band of Puerto Rico, The Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico, The Casal’s Festival of Puerto Rico Orchestra, and the Sinfonietta Orchestra. Also, Mr. Pagán-Pérez was a trombonist of the Guillermo Figueroa Chamber Orchestra of the City of Bayamón (Puerto Rico) for two seasons and was a founder member of The Chilling Trombone Ensemble. Also, Mr. Pagán-Pérez was an additional musician of the Summit Brass (July 2008 and 2009). Mr. Pagán-Pérez played trombone on few musicals produced by the Santa Bernardita Production Company: The Sound of Music (2004- 05), The King and I (2006), The Fiddle on the Roof (2007).
William Pagán-Pérez has a Master's Degree in Music Performance- Trombone (2009) from the University of Utah, a Brass Instruments Performance Certificate (2006) and a Bachelor's Degree in Music (Education / Trombone- 2003) from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
His main Trombone Teachers were Dr. Luis F. Fred, Dr. Donn Schaefer, Prof. Ramón Serra.
Mentors: Prof. Bartolo Vargas, Prof. Larry Zalkind, Prof. Rubén Ramirez, Prof. Roberto Ramirez, Prof. Miguel Rivera, Prof. Armando L. Ramirez.
Mr. Pagán-Pérez was a participant of the Northwestern University's Trombone Master Classes, the College Audition Preparation Workshop (Bloomington, IN), the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (Denver, CO), and the Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival of the Americas (FOSJA).
He was born in Puerto Rico (a territory of United States of America) in 1976. He grew up in the town of Yauco, where he learned to be a musician in a Public School Band Program with Mr. Francisco Pérez, Mr. Felix R. Valedón, and Ms. Keyla Cruz.