Biography 


 

 

LEADER OF THE JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA 

 

     Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA., Bill Tole comes from a musical family.  His father was a high school band director for many years and worked as a professional trombonist and piano player until his retirement.  His mother also played the piano and for many years performed with master chorales in the western Pennsylvania area.  They were a tremendous influence on Tole developing an appreciation and love for the art.  Bill is the oldest of four children.  His sister Nancy is the featured vocalist with the  Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and is the lead singer and leader of the famous  Pied Pipers.   His brother Gary is a busy studio musician  in Los Angeles and leader of his own band called Legends of Swing .    And the youngest of the four children  Amy, who had not chosen a career in music as a performer,  enjoyed listening to all music and was one of the Tole family's' biggest fans.

     Wishing to pursue a career as a musician, Bill attended Duquesne University School of Music.  After four years of college he auditioned for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and went on tour with the band.   He later joined the Air Force dance band Airmen of Note, a continuation of the Army Air Force "Glenn Miller Orchestra".  Tole was first trombonist and assistant leader for his four years with that band.

     Following the military service he quickly became a much sought after musician.  Bill moved to New York City in the mid 60's and played for many of the top Broadway shows, worked club dates and was busy doing recordings in the studios.

     However, a change in the studio scene relocated Bill to Los Angeles in 1967 where he continued his professional career.  Bill has performed with many of the great stars in the music business.  Some of the big band leaders he has played with include; Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Louis Bellson, Les Brown, Bob Crosby, Harry James, Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle and Si Zentner.  The great singing stars include; Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Tony Martin and many more.

     Bill is very much in demand as a soloist, teacher and clinician in the United States .   Bill plays a Getzen trombone model 3508  with a Warburton mouthpiece model BT7-T6.  He has  performed in Great Britain,  Sweden,  Australia and Japan as a clinician and lecturer as well as soloist in concert.

      

 


 

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