Bill at Tumbling Leaves 2001 festival
Bill was born and raised in the Baltimore,
Maryland area. His interest in Square and Round dancing began at the age
of 7, but within a few years it became more apparent that he would
someday become a caller. In 1970 he started calling, and went on to
attend a summer caller’s school conducted by Mac Parker. Over the years,
Bill has attended many seminars and colleges for square dance callers,
including Earl Johnston and Al Brundage's schools in New Hampshire
and Cal Golden’s in Arkansas. Now, Bill is an Accredited CALLERLAB
Caller Coach and leads caller schools several times a year.
In 1985, Bill gave up his day job, and launched a career as a full-time
Bill maintains a full program at home in the Maryland/DC area that
includes Aqua Squares in Southern Maryland, Boomerangs Teaching Council
in Virginia, Dixie Stars in Virginia, Galaxy Stars in Baltimore
Maryland, Old Dominion Squares Virginia and Swinging Aces in Baltimore
Maryland. These clubs dance all programs from Mainstream to C1.
Besides his local calling responsibilities, Bill travels just about
every weekend. His travels have taken him to 44 states, 3 provinces of
Canada, England, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany, Finland and
Japan. He has been featured at many festivals throughout the country,
and has taught several caller’s seminars and week-long schools. He is a
regular caller at the summer weeks and weekends in Cherry Ridge, PA.
Bill has been a member of CALLERLAB since 1977. He is currently on the
Board of Governors of CALLERLAB and has served on the Executive
Committee for two years. He has been a past Chairman of the Career
Callers Committee, Advanced Quarterly Selection Committee and Chairman
of the Advanced Committee. Bill is co author of the Condensed Teach
Method, a CALLERLAB 12 week teach document of Basic and
Mainstream. Currently, Bill is serving on the Mainstream, Plus,
Challenge, and Application Review Committees.
Bill enjoys home life with his wife Judy. He has two married
daughters, Cynthia and Elizabeth, and three amazing grandchildren.
Over the past 25 years, Bill has had the privilege to record on some of
the biggest labels in the square dance activity, including Red Boot,
Pioneer, Kalox, Lou Mac and JoPat/ESP, and as a special guest on Global
Music and Desert Gold. Bill is currently a staff artist for Elmer
Sheffield Productions (ESP).
Bill is an exuberant, creative and fun-loving caller who enjoys calling
for dancers as much as dancers enjoy dancing to his calls.