William Katz retired from East Meadow High School as director of bands and department chairman after having taught in that district for more than 40 years. At the age of 80-plus, he remains an active performer, educator, and conductor. He was a pioneer in jazz education in public schools and is a noted bassoonist. He edited the jazz section of the NYSSMA manual and spearheaded the creation of an all-county jazz performing ensemble. Katz has been director of the Nassau-Suffolk High School Jazz Ensemble and has influenced the lives of hundreds of students during his tenure. He is the recipient of the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award and is known as “Mr. Jazz” to many across the country and the state. Katz has conducted all-state jazz ensembles in both New York and across the country.