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William Franklin Lee III

William Franklin Lee III

Dean, University of Miami School of Music
William Franklin Lee III
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Intro Dean, University of Miami School of Music
Was Musician Educator Trumpeter Composer Conductor Musicologist Music educator Jazz musician Pianist Bandmaster
From United States of America
Type Academia Music
Gender male
Birth 20 February 1929
Death 23 October 2011 (aged 82 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


William Franklin Lee III, aka Bill Lee (20 February 1929 Galveston, Texas; d. 23 October 2011 New Smyrna Beach, Florida) was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, author, and music educator who was renowned for pioneering comprehensive music education, including jazz, at the collegiate level of a full liberal arts university. Lee was well known for having led the University of Miami School of Music to greater international influence across several music genres, particularly jazz. He served as Miami's third dean, from 1964 to 1982. In 1989, he retired from the University of Miami, but continued to work in music education at other institutions. Upon his initial retirement, the University of Miami acknowledged his contribution to his discipline and to the university by awarding him two permanent titles: distinguished professor emeritus of music theory and composition and emeritus composer in residence.

Before retiring, Lee served as vice-president and provost at the University of Miami. He also served as past president and past executive director of IAJE.

One of his sons, Will Lee (William Frankin Lee IV), is a prolific bassist and an original member of the bands on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, both led by Paul Shaffer.

Early life and education

Lee graduated from Kirwin High School, Galveston in 1945. He subsequently obtained a bachelor's degree in music, in 1949; and a master of science degree, in 1950, both from the University of North Texas College of Music. In 1956, he also obtained a master of music degree in composition and a PhD in music school administration, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

When Lee received his masters of science at the University of North Texas, in 1950, he was a member of the largest spring graduating class in the history of university as of that date. His studies at North Texas exposed him to two seminal people in music education at the collegiate level, Wilfred Bain, then the dean of the North Texas College of Music, and Gene Hall, who, in 1947, introduced at North Texas the first college degree in jazz studies in the world. Lee began his studies at North Texas in the fall of 1945. By his sophomore year in 1946, he was a member of the Beethoven Choir, conducted by Bain – the symphony orchestra; and the Aces of Collegeland, directed by Fessor Graham.

Timeline as educator


William Franklin Lee III was born February 20, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, to the marriage of William Franklin Lee, Jr. (1906–1991), and Annie Tillie Lee (née Keis). (Lee & Keis were married in 1927 in Galveston). William Franklin Lee III married Lois Ruth Lee (née Snyder). Together, they had four children: William Franklin Lee IV (b. 1952); Robert ("Rob") Terry Lee (b. 1953); Patricia ("Pat") Lynn Lee (b. 1955) and Peggy Ann Lee (b. 1958).

Lee married his second wife, Jacqueline Tyler Lee, in 1980; and they were married 25 years. They had no children.

Selected published works

  • William F. Lee, Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm ed. by Audree Coke Kenton, Creative Press of Los Angeles (1980)
  • Music Theory Dictionary, compiled and edited by William F. Lee, Huntsville, Tex., (c1961)
  • Music Theory Dictionary: The Language of the Mechanics of Music, compiled by William F. Lee, C. Hansen Educational Music and Books (c1966)
  • William F. Lee III, People in Jazz: Jazz Keyboard Improvisors of the 19th & 20th Centuries: preragtime, blues, folk and minstrel, early ragtime, dixieland, ragtime-stride, blues-boogie, swing, prebop, bop Columbia Lady Music, Hialeah, FL, distributed by Columbia Pictures Publications, (c1984)
  • William F. Lee, The Nature of Music, a Guide to Musical Understanding and Enjoyment, C. Hansen Educational Music and Books, Denver (c1968)
  • William F. Lee III, MF Horn: Maynard Ferguson's Life in Music, The Authorized Biography, Sunflower University Press (1997)

Music compositions

  • Concerto Grosso, for brass quintet and orchestra
  • Earth Genesis , for string orchestra
  • Alamjohoba, for band
  • Introduction and Fugue, for band
  • Time After Time, for band
  • Suite for brass, for brass choir
  • Four Sketches for Brass, C. H. Hansen (c1969) – 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 baritones, 3 trombones, tuba, string bass, timpani & percussion (2 players) "Elite 23"
  • Fanfare for Ralph, for brass choir
  • Piece for Brass, for brass quintet
  • Mosaics, for brass quintet
  • Regimentation, for brass quintet
  • Nocturne, for flute and piano
  • Soliloquy, for horn and piano
  • Mini-Suite, for trumpet and piano
  • Three Reflections, for alto saxophone and piano
  • Interlude, for guitar
  • Tone Poem, for oboe, violin, viola, 2 celli
  • Two Woodwind quintets
  • Piano Pieces
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