Bill Schwartz, the owner of Lettuce Play Music, has been directing the music program at Lettuce Play since 1981.  Before its Orland Park opening, Bill led the music program at his studio in Chicago. 

An accomplished musician, Bill played saxophone with the Tonight Show band’s Carl “Doc” Severinson,  Joe Vitulli and Joey Russo of the Millionaires and Robert Lester of the legendary Chicago vocal group the Chi-Lites.

Bill continues to play saxophone with Music Segue, appearing at clubs and Fests throughout the Chicago area.

Bill has also played with Eden, Mission Impossible, Second Sound and Contenders on Chicago radio, at the Chicago International Boat Show and venues throughout the region.

Growing up in a musical family in Chicago, Bill loved to listen to big band music with his father, Bernie, a saxophone and clarinet player who had performed with Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa.  But while Bill loved to listen to the big bands, his interest in playing was piqued while listening to a group made up of Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses.

That Prima sound inspired Bill’s passion for the saxophone.

Bill served as a member of the Board of the Illinois Music Association for more than two decades, functioning as both Vice President of the IMA and a member of its Scholarship Committee.  During his tenure at the IMA, Bill encouraged the region’s young musicians to take part in the group’s annual competition.  He also helped judge and award university scholarship money for the area’s budding performers.

While playing in clubs and the NIU band and studying music at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, Bill began to develop his musical philosophy of memorizing music and playing from within.

That philosophy has come full circle… and served his students well at Lettuce Play Music.  Many of them have gone on to perform in their own bands and teach their own students.

Bill teaches students on saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello and piano.