Trumpeter Billy Buss was born in Berkeley, California and began playing trumpet at the age of nine under the tutelage of Tower of Power trumpeter, Mic Gillette. He earned his undergraduate degree in professional music from Berklee College of Music in 2009 and his Master’s Degree in Music at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana. Buss toured China with Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater as part of a 10-day State Department Tour. Buss has received numerous awards, including the Monterey Jazz Festival's full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee, two Outstanding Performance/Soloist awards from the DownBeat Student Music Awards, as well as the Gold Award in Jazz from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Buss was selected as a 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was honored by President Bush in a ceremony at the White House. His talents have allowed him the opportunity to perform all over the world including at the Monterey, Umbria, and Montreux Jazz festivals; the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival in Croatia; numerous festivals in Japan; and a variety of clubs in New York.