(I’m moving this to the top of the page — it was originally posted yesterday evening — because this news is so much more important — as well as so sad — than anything else I’ve put here recently.)

I received very sad news earlier today. Saxophonist Bill Trimble died around 5:30 PM Monday, following a heart attack on Saturday.

I really enjoyed working with Bill. He and I played on the CD MIKEY; The Works of Michael Touchi (Tango Barocco, for English horn, soprano sax, and strings). We worked together in both San Jose Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley, and he taught at San Jose State when I attended there. He was a fun guy, and a warm and honest man. He will be missed.


  1. Rest in Peace Bill….just hearing your voice brings back memories of you as a warm-hearted teacher, player and person. Your legacy will live on in recordings and the people you’ve touched musically and personally.

  2. I’m with you, Mark. I will miss him. Bill was a very special man. It was an honor to know him and to work — and play! — with him. I’m still a bit in shock.

  3. PS Are you the Mark Anderson I know? (And heard and saw at Isabelle’s?)

  4. I think it must indeed be /that/ Mark Anderson–he went to SJ State and would have known Bill from there. Hi, Mark.

    I mailed you but I’m moved to say this here as well. I never want to play the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances with anyone else… Bill totally spoiled us all forever. That glorious, yearning, sinuous melody played with his incomparably creamy, sweet, elegant, plangent sound = perfection. There’s just nothing else to say.