William Gerlach began his position as principal trumpet with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. Growing up in Menomonee Falls, WI, he started playing trumpet when it was time to join the 6th grade band. William (Billy) earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University under the instruction of John Rommel. During his time at IU he attended the Aspen Music Festival, once as a member of the Third Street Brass Quintet, and once as a New Horizons trumpet fellow. In the Fall of 2012 he began his master's degree at Northwestern University with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer and followed th to Rice University in the Fall of 2013. Other significant teachers throughout his studies include Mark Niehaus, Christopher Martin, Thomas Hooten, Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb.