Bill passed away on saturday after a long illness. He attended westmoor for 2 years and
made some good friends while he was at Westmoor. He was active in sports, particularily
basketball and also in band. He will be missed by many people who loved him. If you would
like to leave a message for his family, he has a facebook page where people are leaving
2 tributes from classmates
"Bill and his family are personal long time friends. I'm sorry that he didn't get back here to see
all of us in the more recent past. The last time I saw him was in Vegas about 20 years ago
when he was doing a tour with some local orchestras. Rest in Peace, Bill."
"On a sadder note, I have learned that our classmate, Bill Broughton has passed away in
Australia. Bill joined our class in his
Junior year. He and I became good friends while playing basketball for the Rams. After high
school, Bill pursued a musical career in
which he became an accomplished composer, conductor, and musician of several
instruments. He gained world wide acclaim before settling down in Australia. It is there that
he found his true passion, teaching and inspiring young people to follow their musical talents.
to get Bill to join in our reunions, but he was always too busy at the time, but would try and
make the next one. Sadly, now I won't be able
to ever share my memories of our times together at Westmoor with him."
The following is an internet article about his passing.
British Bandsman has been informed of the death of Bill Broughton. As a permanent resident
of Adelaide, Australia, Bill Broughton (composer/artist/conductor/producer/author/motivational
speaker) was revered as a composer and arranger in various genres, including Orchestra,
Concert Band, Brass Band, Big Band and other musical groups. He was, from 2003-07,
part-time lecturer at Adelaide University Elder School of Music with large and small
ensembles, composition/arranging, film scoring, one to one tutoring and brass masters
classes. He also travelled interstate lecturing at other schools, performing as conductor and
soloist, adjudicating, as well as giving motivational presentations.
Bill also made solo/lecture tours to Japan, USA, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and the
UK. On his tours he not only performed but also gave lectures on the music industry, music
copyright and publishing as well as motivational presentations. In addition he was a member
of the well known Salvation Army trombone ensemble Spiritual to the Bone.
Bill’s integrity allowed him the opportunity to work with the finest professional people in the
entertainment industry. His gregarious spirit and positive attitude allowed him, on many
occasions, to turn difficult (and potentially disastrous) situations into great opportunities. His
abilities to encourage and motivate people into giving their best were well-known parts of his
personality and reputation.
A full tribute for Bill Broughton will appear soon in British Bandsman magazine.