A graduate of Western Michigan University with BM and MA degrees, taught all levels of instrumental music, ending his career at LaMirada High School where he organized the long- running LMHS Jazz Festival. In 1979 he received the California PTA Honorary Service Award. He served on the original committee to develop the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Jazz Educators.
Bill was an active adjudicator and clinician serving on the board of the SCSBOA as Vice President of Jazz Education where he received the Distinguished Member and Gold Award. Having a long association with Cerritos College, he administrated the Summer Music Camps, Music Conservatory and directed the college jazz ensemble.