Mr. Wachholz has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA) and the University of Michigan (MM). An active guest conductor and educator, he has given clinics to varied groups in England, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Brazil and Argentina. Mr. Wachholz has been the featured brass clinician at the British Youth Band Association Annual Band Camp in London, England. He has twice been a clinician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic where he led concert and jazz bands. Clayton Wachholz served as the music director for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band from 2011 – 2015, a semi-professional wind ensemble based in southeastern Wisconsin and the Shorewood Summer Concert Band.
2017 will be Mr. Wachholz’s fifth season working with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps having taught 2005-2007 and 2016. As a performer he marched with the Thunderbolts (1979), Pioneer (1980-1984) and the Madison Scouts (1985-1989). After aging out he went on to teach the Madison Scouts brass section (1991-1997, 2001). Awards include the 1986 DCM I&E High Brass Score (scholarship), 1988 DCI Baritone Champion and 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 DCI Brass Ensemble Champion.
As a Euphonium player Mr. Wachholz was a member of the Wisconsin Tuba Quartet that was selected as the first group of its kind as a Semi-Finalist for the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. He was a Semi-Finalist for the Falcone International Euphonium competition and was 1st chair in the 1991 T.U.B.A International All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. As a Trombonist Clayton Wachholz has performed with the American Wind Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Madison Brass, Madison Jazz Orchestra, Milwaukee Brass Band, Knightwind Ensemble, Kettle Morainne Symphony Orchestra and numerous freelance groups.
Clayton Wachholz has served on the board of directors for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensembles, the National Band Association Northern Diversion. Four student teachers have worked with Mr. Wachholz, all moving forward to teach high school band. In 2013 and 2011 Mr. Wachholz studied at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy. He has twice been the brass coach for the Wisconsin All-State Orchestra. Clayton Wachholz was the 2011 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient (Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Program).
Clayton Wachholz is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Canton, Michigan.