Drums & Percussion
Billy was very fortunate to begin his training (as a child) with premier drummer & professor Joy Gentile (Desi Arnaz
Orchestra & friend / confidant to Roy Haynes) in Asheville, N.C. After joining American Artists he moved to Atlanta, Ga.
and has been drummer and percussionist for local super talents here since the 1980's - Opening for major stars such as Lynyrd Skynyrd
& Sea Level plus playing all local venues including The Cotton Club & Masquerades (as well as) the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta. This will lead him to work with some of the most prolific song smiths in the city.
Billy is very diverse in style from big heavy rock star stuff (Deviant, Stream) to pop
rock / new wave (E, Design, Big Bang Theory, & No Tattoo) to industrial rock (Black James Dean) and continuing his love &
study of jazz / percussion music. Moving to the present - he has worked with stripped down torch/jazz projects such as "Jennifer
Perry Combo" & crazed rock-a-billy bands like "Redneck Jazz" Always honing his skills in uncharted territory, Billy simply says,
"It makes you better!".
His solo project, "A Sparkling Planet", is a mix of exotica mood / jazz / bebop / latin
/ swing and all that includes the essence of the "bachelor pad paradise" experience! His hobbies are... music. "I love it and
breathe it, enjoy it, study it, chart it, record it, engineer it, market it, practice and play it. Everyday, I am amazed how
much more there is to discover and that I have only scratched the surface." I love the people in it and all my associations
and connections in this town, its a great place!