Bill Zaccagni, Philadelphia area saxophonist, reed player, composer, arranger, bandleader and teacher died early this morning after a long struggle with his health. He leaves behind a legacy of thousands of students, was a mentor to many, and a friend to all of us here at UArts. Bill loved his students and loved music passionately. He was also one of the finest woodwind players most of us have ever heard, and inspired me to begin composing in jazz and to start doubling. I had Bill for two classes and had known him through my teacher for many years. A real gentleman and a bandleader with conviction and mastery sufficient to inspire all of us to stretch our boundaries and do the music justice.

My man, Bill: I'll miss you.