Willie Murillo is proud to be a product of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association public school system. His journey began as the only student in SCSBOA history to be chosen as principle trumpet in both the Honor Jazz Band and Honor Orchestra all four years of his high school career. Since then, Murillo, a Grammy Award winner, has made his mark as one of the top studio trumpeters, music educators, commercial writers, and producers in the world.
Murillo can be heard on countless albums, motion picture soundtracks, and television recordings. He has performed and/or recorded with artists like Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilara, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Maynard Fergueson, Tony Bennett and many more.
Since graduating high school, Murillo has participated in music education at over 400 schools, often volunteering his time and performing pro bono. As a highly sought after educator, clinician, and guest artist, he has also participated in jazz festivals around the world. Murilloâ€™s global renown as a leading music educator has also opened doors for him to teach in Europe, Asia, and all over North America.
In addition, Murillo has harnessed his entrepreneurial skills to impact jazz education by launching Varsity Publishing, a music publishing company that has successfully produced jazz curriculum and repertoire for junior high and high school jazz ensembles.
Murillo is proud to have written and produced music for numerous commercially successful avenues, such as Nip Tuck, Disney, Robin McKelle (the current no. 1 selling jazz artist in Europe), Grammy Award Winner The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Grammy Award Winner Aimee Mann, Tim Timmons, and the Seattle Symphony. He has also written and produced for numerous national advertising campaigns.