Billy was born with non-violent inclinations. He was also born with an extreme desire to hit things. He did, at an early age, find some common ground in this dichotomy in the world of percussion. After eleven years the tolerating Mr. and Mrs. Hulting agreed to let him start with the drums. Music led him to college at California State University at Northridge where he got a Bachelor of Music Degree in the Studio Music Option (so what if it took six years). Two weeks after graduation he went on the road with Maynard Ferguson’s High Voltage 2. He later toured with Maynard’s 60th Birthday Big Band and recorded albums with both groups. During the Maynard days he did the Nia Peeples tour of Japan. He then toured for two years with Natalie Cole followed by Barry Manilow. Billy had been touring for over thirteen years with Lou Rawls until he passed away recently. In the last few years Billy also toured with The Rippingtons, Patti Labelle, and The Manhattan Transfer. Billy also co-wrote one of the songs on their CD "Vibrate." He is now touring with Zappa Plays Zappa - a band led by Dweezil Zappa performing the music of Frank Zappa. Several years ago Billy released his first CD - the Hundredth Monkey on the Truemedia label. He has worked with many others including Clare Fisher, Luci Arnaz, and Howard Hewitt. Billy also stays busy in town doing shows, sessions, playing with his trio and his fusion group. His hobbies include sailing, SCUBA diving, skating in-line marathons, and cooking spicy vegan foods from all over the world (his Jamaican Jerk Marinade is not for the weak).
Education - Bachelor of Music - CSU Northridge - 1987
T.V. - *Music Director/Arranger for "The Party Machine with Nia Peeples" produced by Arsenio Hall Communications.
Tours, In Town:
Zappa Plays Zappa '06
Lou Rawls '92-’05
Patty Labelle, '03, '04
The Manhattan Transfer '04
The Rippingtons '03
Natalie Cole '89-'91, '96, '97
Maynard Ferguson '87-'89
Nia Peeples '88
Howard Hewitt '91
Barry Manilow '91-'93
Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante; *Victor Feldman; *Calimari featuring Emil Richards and Joe Porcaro; *Steve Huffstetter's Hot Sauce; *Feather with Weaver Copland; *Bruce Lofgren Big Band Quartet and Sextet; *Ladd McIntosh Big Band; *Fejoada Completa - Brazilian Big Band; *The Rio Thing with Katia Moraes
Maynard Ferguson: "HIGH VOLTAGE 2", "Big Bop Nouveau"
Tracks for "Big Break with Natalie Cole" television show
ABC Mini-series "Son of the Morning Star"
Lou Rawls Christmas Album
Bruce Lofgren Big Band
Barry Manilow Box Set
Compositions - "Till Then" from 'HIGH VOLTAGE 2"; "Zihuatinejo" co-written with Maynard Ferguson "HIGH VOLTAGE2"
"The Integration of Acoustic And Electronic Percussion" for the Percussive Arts Society at The Musicians Institute, Hollywood
"Brasillian And Cuban Hand Percussion and Jazz Vibes" at Texas Tech University and Eastern Washington State University
For Gibraltar Hardware and Toca Percussion at the National Association of Music Merchants Show, Anaheim, CA
"The KAT And Electronic Percussion" for The Guitar Center, North Hollywood, CA
National Clinician for Toca/Gibralter/Zildjian