Bill is a singer/songwriter and guitar player. He started playing guitar in the 5th grade and started his first rock band in the 9th grade. He played guitar in his high school jazz band and sang in the high school choir. He later sang in the University of Washington Chorale (by audition only). He clearly has a variety of musical interests and is capable of performing in multiple styles. His original music can be described as “Island Escapism” and he has been called the Jimmy Buffett of Puget Sound after his performances.
Bill sang in the Sno-King Community Chorale for four years.
Classic rock influences include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Lynnard Skynnard, the Commodores, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Creedance, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, Santana, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and the blues.
A partial list of performances (over 100) includes:
- Hops and Props event for the Museum of Flight (3)
- Taste of Tacoma
- Bite of Seattle
- University Street Fair (3)
- Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville
- Clubs and restaurants
- Professional conferences
- Weddings and private parties
- Taste of the Nation at South Lake Union
- Community festivals
- Central Markets at Mill Creek and Shoreline
- ski bars in Sun Valley, Whistler and Crystal Mountain (solo)
Bill’s cd featuring all original songs is available at iTunes: Click this link> HERE
You can also check out Bill on the following link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bill-Derry/203520139659299
Bill is an avid environmentalist, has been active in various environmental non-profits. He was past President of the Board of Directors for People for Puget Sound. Check out: www.pugetsound.org/
He is currently President of Pilchuck Audubon Society. www.pilchuckaudubon.org/