William Carpenter


I began performing as a regular member of the Long Beach Symphony in 1971 while attending Long Beach State University. At CSULB I was awarded The Long Beach Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Fellowship and attended both the Yale University Summer Arts Program and the Aspen Institute on scholarship. I graduated cum laude in 1974 having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in performance.

Separate from my tenure with the Long Beach Symphony I have had a business career largely in the music products industry. This career includes having been President of the Rico Reed Company and Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments. Additionally, I was a management partner of The Music Group Ltd, a London based international manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories. During my tenure with The Music Group I lived in Europe for a little over a year. In 1992 I earned a MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

In January 2006 I acquired Hamilton Stands Incorporated, located near Dayton, Ohio. Hamilton is one of the best known brands of sheet music and instrument stands having started business in 1883 in Hamilton, Ohio.

I will continue to perform with the Long Beach Symphony while residing in Ohio. Additionally, since moving to Ohio I have begun to perform as an ‘extra’ with the Dayton Philharmonic.

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