Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Music Education University of Illinois Champaign, IL 2 yrs Trumpet Performance The American Conservatory of Music Chicago, IL
William (Bill) Danser
My name is Bill Danser and I am happy and excited to be the Band Director here at Cactus Canyon JHS since 2019. I also teach Beginning Band at our 3 elementary schools.
We have 3 Bands at Cactus Canyon. Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band. The Wind Ensemble is designed for mostly 8th grade members who have been playing for a few years. The Concert Band is mostly for the 7th grade. The Jazz Band is for students interested in the great American music.
Through the Band Ensembles here at CCJH we will strive to provide a musical environemt with high behavioral and performance standards. All of our efforts at the MS are designed to prepare members for High School Band.
I have a saying I picked up from my High School Band Director: "If you are in a music rehearsal room you are doing something special" One of the main objectives of Band is to develop amazing young adults through a shared musical environment. Musical experiences can be some of the most memorable and will help students learn many important life skills. The cooperative attitude, selflessness, focus and determination they will learn to be successful in rehearsals and performances will help students in all aspects of their school work and in life. And as a bonus the friendships born in the rehearsal room and performance stage can last a lifetime.