William Platt is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music where he was a student of William G. Street. He has been the Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras since 1971 and recently retired in 2009. He has appeared in over 100 recordings with the orchestras, many as a featured soloist. Before joining Cincinnati, Bill played in the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. and the symphony orchestras of Rochester, N.Y. and Richmond, VA. Bill has also been a faculty member at Ohio University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Although officially retired from the CSO, Bill Platt is an active clinician, educator and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Symphonic Emeritus ensemble. As an orchestral snare drum specialist and avid drum collector Platt remarks about the Majestic 14x7 Limited Edition Prophonic Snare Drum "This is one of the greatest drums I have played and I wish I had had it during my orchestral career. Even my violinist wife agrees!"
In his long career with the Cincinnati Symphony, Platt, who is equally at home in a wide variety of music, was the featured soloist for the Orchestra's world premiere performances of Frank Proto's Concertino for Percussion and Strings - and also on the premiere recording of the work for Red Mark Records. Says Majestic Percussion Product Specialist Jeff Mulvihill, "We are thrilled to partner with Bill Platt. He is an American Orchestral Percussion Legend, and both his expertise and experience are truly inspiring."