Carleton U music student William O'Neill and his big band performed to a standing ovation for his graduation pertformance  ©2016 Brett Delmage
Carleton U music student William O'Neill and his big band performed to a standing ovation for his graduation pertformance ©2016 Brett Delmage

Guitarist William O'Neill is a fan of big band music. On May 7, he presented his graduation recital with his big band, in the Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University.

His concert featured his original tunes and arrangements and received a standing ovation.

“What really fostered, again, my love for big band music and big sound music was being a part of the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra. I love the big band style. There's so many options. You can have the power of a freight train or the softness of a soft wind. There are so many elements you can have in this size of group, which I think is just so important and so cool about jazz.”

After his recital, William talked with OttawaJazzScene.ca about how he put together this big band concert. He also spoke about his experience studying music for four years at Carleton University.

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Watch the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) perform William O'Neill's original composition, "Putting Out the Lights".

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