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A native of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia,  Bill has lived on the Outer Banks of North Carolina since 1991.  Cultivating his love of music early he played violin in his elementary school orchestra. By high school, he was performing in choir and marching band and had started his first band for hire the "Buck Hill Express". With "BHE" he played dances and local clubs up and down the Shenandoah from Winchester to Harrisonburg and started writing his own music.  Bill continued his education, earning a Bachelors degree in Arts Management with a minor in Music,Theatre & Business from Ferrum College

 

In 1986 Bill started performing on the Outer Banks as a cast member of The Lost Colony. He has traveled to England performing at the Harrogate International Youth Festival; Youghal, Ireland as a member of Elizabeth R and Company (ER&Co.), and founded  the Outer Banks Opry - a popular local folk and bluegrass showcase in the early 2000's. He played as a member of the blue grass band The Sandy Mountain Boys, the Carolina Country Band, the Duck Ridge Boys Hillbillie Jazz Ensemble and others. He  completed two seasons playing double bass for ER&Co. in the tribute show "Portrait of Patsy Cline" and is currently working with several ensembles, most notably Gorillas and the Miss (a jazz ensemble featuring his oldest daughter Katelyn Stetson), The Crowd  and the Other Brothers. Bill is also a member of the popular gospel band The Captains Crew .  Along with his busy performance schedule, Bill maintains a shop where he repairs stringed instruments, he teaches beginning orchestra for the Dare County Youth Orchestra and offers private music instruction in his studio.  

 

Bill lives in Manteo with his wife of 32 years Becki. They have three beautiful and talented daughters, Katelyn, Anna Lee and Willow. When not making music Bill enjoys surfing and living the Island life.