Billy is one of our knowledgeable and talented guitar instructors here at West Music Marion. He teaches acoustic guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. He will teach blues, jazz rock, metal, country, and all other forms of music as well as how to start your own band and record music. He has taught our Beginning Group Guitar, Ukulele, and Weekend Warrior classes here at West Music Marion. Billy has been teaching for 20 years, 13 of which have been at West Music. He started playing at age 11!
Billy has been mentioned in over 400 instructional books and in 2005 was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Billy has worked on stage at the US Cellular Center and the Paramount Theater here in Cedar Rapids. He has been a professional musician for over 50 years. In 2013 Billy played for the Bluesmore concert at the historical Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids. He has performed with music greats such as ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton.
Billy’s favorite thing about teaching is that music is a gift to give. In his spare time he works with his wife on their farm. Billy enjoys building, carpentry, gardening, and crafting. He records with a national independent record label in Texas.