William Hones is the solo bassist with the Amadeus Orchestra, and is a regular member of the pit orchestra at Signature Theater. He served for over 26 years with the US Air Force Band appearing with the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Strolling Strings, Airmen of Note and “The Barn Stormers” country music group. He also performs with the National Philharmonic orchestra and has held principal positions with the Akron and Knoxville symphonies.
Before that he was a sub with the Detroit Symphony.
Bill earned a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Bowling Green State University and Akron University respectively. While at Bowling Green, he won Outstanding Bassist/Soloist awards at the Elmhurst, Ohio State University, and Mid-Am Conference jazz
festivals. His teachers include Harold Robinson, Scott Haigh, Robert Gladstone, Paul Ellison and Richard Cioffari. He studied electric bass with Anthony Wellington. Bill has had the pleasure of appearing with numerous world renowned artists in his career. Among them are Ray Charles, Jake Shimabukuro, Richard Stoltzman, George Shearing, Roy Clark, Jose Feliciano, Joseph Silverstein, Al Jarreau, Lee Greenwood, Chaka Khan, Leona Mitchell, Richard Carpenter, Peter Cetera, and Toni Tennille.
With a deep and abiding love for 60’s Rock, R&B, 70’s funk, Jazz and Swing, he has been acclaimed for “bringing a melodious, danceable groove to any music he plays.” Bill is currently on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, and previously served on the faculties of Shenandoah University, BGSU, and Montgomery College.