Square Dance Caller
10518 Nast Drive, Cheltenham, MD 20623 ♦ Phone 301-266-2491
Board of Governors Member
ESP Staff Caller
Bill was born and raised in the Baltimore, Maryland area. His interest in Square and Round dancing began at the age of 7. After dancing for a number of years, it became more apparent that he would some day like a try at calling. In 1970 he began to start calling, and then attended a summer caller’s school conducted by Mac Parker. This began a career in calling. Bill attended many seminars and colleges: to name a few, Earl Johnston's and Al Brundage's in New Hampshire; Mac Parker’s caller school; and Cal Golden’s in Arkansas (for which Bill received a scholarship to attend).
A dream came true in 1985. This was the year he decided to make calling his full time profession.
Bill enjoys home life with his wife Judy and two daughters Cynthia and Elizabeth.
Bill maintains a full program at home that includes clubs in the Southern Maryland, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia areas. These clubs range from Plus to Challenge-2 for a total of 5 clubs, and he reserves one night a week for lessons. Currently he has been teaching new dancers in conjunction with a teaching council using the multi cycle program, and for a club in Southern Maryland.
Besides the home program, 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.
Bill has appeared on NBC's Today Show with Willard Scott. This special appearance was a promotional event for Square Dancing.
Since 1972 he has been a member of NCASDLA, his area caller association, and he has been a member of CALLERLAB since 1977. Bill is currently on the Board of Governors of CALLERLAB and and has served for two years on the EC.. He has been a past Chairman of the Career Callers Committee and the Advanced Quarterly Selection Committee, Vice Chairman of the Advanced Committee, and is currently Chairman of the Advanced Committee. Currently, Bill is serving on the Mainstream, Challenge, and Application Review Committees.
Over the past 20 years, Bill has had the privilege to record on some of the biggest and most storied 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).
The greatest enjoyment in his chosen profession is the friends he meets in his travels, along with the entertainment and never ending learning of the choreography involved with the business. Friends set to music, what more could one ask for!