Edwin Williams died on July 14, 2005. He was 58 years old. Williams held a bachelor of music degree with distinction from DePauw University, the master of music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, and the doctor of musical arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Former teachers included Billie Taylor, Robert Grocock, William Adam, Carmine Caruso, and Vincent Cichowicz. In 1972 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study with Helmut Wobisch at the Institute for Music Vienna, Austria.
Williams was chair of the music department at Northern Ohio University. He conducted the symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble I, symphony band, and the brass ensemble. He taught applied trumpet, music history, and brass methods.
Williams performed as first trumpet and soloist with orchestras and bands in both the United States and Europe. He appeared as a soloist in Europe for the U.S. State Department in concerts featuring the music of Charles Ives. He was principal trumpet of Lima, Ohio Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1984.
He performed with the big bands of Bob Crosby, Ray Eberle, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, and Warren Covington. He also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Ballet Company, and the Cincinnati Opera Orchestras.
Williams was the conductor of the Lima, Ohio Area Youth Orchestra for 30 years. He was a past president of the Ohio Association of Music Schools, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi, and honorary band fraternity; and honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma honorary society; Phi Mu Alpha, a professional music fraternity; the International Trumpet Guild, and the International Association of Jazz Educators.