brandon jazz festival // facilitators // 



Bill Kristjanson currently teaches “Introduction to Jazz for Music Educators” at the University of Manitoba. Most recently a Band Director at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, he has many years of experience teaching jazz from grades 7 through 12. While teaching at Glenlawn Collegiate the band performed at the "International Association of Jazz Educators Conference". He is the the recipient of the “Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award”, served as a Divisional Music Consultant in Pembina Trails and Louis Riel School Divisions, is on the Board of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and is a member of the “Big Dig Band”.  Bill is also is a contributor to the GIA Publication, "Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Volume 2."


Bill has served as an adjudicator throughout western Canada and has conducted the Provincial Honour Jazz Band, and the Junior and Intermediate Honour Concert Bands. He has received the “D.W. Penner Award for Exceptional Service in Education”, a CMEA “Builder Award”, the MBA “Award of Distinction”, and a U of M “Students’ Teacher Recognition Award." He has presented at the Manitoba Music Educators' Conference, SMEA Conference, BCMEA Conference, the Newfoundland "Resonate" Conference, and for the Ontario Band Association.