Billy Bouffard

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Saxophone/Yamaha Canada Clinician

"Légère Signature reeds are what we need, you simply put it on and it works! The top reed out there." - Billy Bouffard 

Saxophonist Billy Bouffard is a native of Princeville, a small town in Quebec, Canada. He recently received his Master's Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music from which he attended on full scholarship in the studio of Dave Liebman. Billy came to the School seeking the high level of education and the active and accomplished faculty, and to benefit from the New York jazz scene.

Back in 1995, he graduated from Cegep de St-Laurent with a first prize in Jazz Interpretation and in 1998, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, which he also attended on scholarship. While in Montreal, Billy studied with Jean-Pierre Zanella, Remi Bolduc, Dave Turner and Charles Ellison.

Billy was participant in three major international jazz workshops for which he also received scholarships: the Lake Placid Jazz Seminars in New York, the Jazz Workshops at the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Workshop in New York. These workshops created the opportunity of meeting and playing with great musicians: Joe Lovano, Tim Haggans, Dick Oatts, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Judy Silvano, Hugh Fraser, Rufus Reid, Kenny Baron ,Cecil Bridgewater and others.In 2000, Billy was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study privately in New York with saxophonist Dick Oatts.

For the past two years Billy has been a Yamaha Canada Artist Clinician giving saxophone and jazz band clinics around the province of Quebec. In addition, Billy has been part of the music faculty at Cégep de Drummondville since 2006.