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Bill Hicks is a veteran, professional trumpet player who has entertained crowds from coast to coast since the 1970s.

Bill was first chair in the 72nd U.S. Army Concert and Marching Bands and lead trumpet in the dance band at Ft. McArthur from 1970-73.

From 1976-79, Bill was the lead trumpeter for the Harry James Orchestra. He toured the country with the James band and appeared on national TV shows. Bill has also performed with a host of Big Bands.

Bill studied trumpet for 17 years with the King of Brass, Claude Gordon, the former top trumpeter with CBS Orchestra. And he regularly performed with the American Music Theatre Orchestra in Lancaster, PA. from 1997 through 2008.

From 1990 to 2010, Bill owned and led the four bands that comprised Big Band Nostalgia Productions.

Today in central Pennsylvania, Bill Hicks works as a freelance trumpet player, provides trumpet music for weddings and special events, and offers private trumpet lessons in his studio near Denver, PA. and online via Skype.

Click to re2015July-AugustBillHicksarticle.pdfad the wonderful article written about Bill by Dale Keagy and published in The Official Newsletter of the Lancaster-York Federation of Musicians, Affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians  www.lancasteryorkmusicians.org

Resume of Bands and Performances

Bill has played with a host of big bands, with many famous performers and artists, and has performed in Broadway musicals and on television and for the movies. He has also made several recordings. Listed below is his impressive list of performances:

Harry James Orchestra

Claude Gordon

Bob Crosby

Lee Castle & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

Alvino Rey

Dave Stahl Big Band

Ray Anthony

Zim Zemarel Orchestra

Bill Tole

Rob Stoneback Big Band

Performed with These Artists

Helen Forrest

Sarah Vaughn

Jerry Vale

Natalie Cole

Manhattan Rhythm Kings

Johnny Rey

Ella Mae Morse

King Sisters

Frankie Laine

Mills Brothers

Bob Hope

Lennon Sisters

The Temptations

The Four Tops

Kenny Rogers

Lola Falana

Dick Contino

Connie Haines

Phyllis Diller

Frank Sinatra

Ralph Carmichael

Harry Blackstone Jr.

Roger Williams

Dave Boyer

Al Jarreau


Al Martino

Tony Bennett

Robert Goulet

James Darren

Johnny Mathis

Arthur Duncan

New York Voices

Peggy Lee

The Spinners

Andy Russell

Bobby Vinton

Rita Moreno

Manheim Steamroller

Tommy Tune

Don Cornell

Bob Newhart

Shari Lewis

Helen Reddy

The Skyliners

Andy Williams

Ben Vereen

Lorna Luft

Bernadette Peters

Regis Philbin

Mel Torme

Ed Ames

 Don Rickles

Joan Rivers

Love’s Magic


The Pied Pipers

Kristen Chenoweth

Celtic Woman

Listen to Bill featured on flugelhorn & trumpet with 2nd Avenue Swing Riot

South Pacific

The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber

West Side Story

A Christmas Story

Annie Get Your Gun

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show

The Scarlet Pimpernel

A Chorus Line



The Rat Pack

Beauty and the Beast



Peter Pan


Fiddler On The Roof

Dr. Dolittle

Legally Blonde

Mary Poppins

White Christmas


Performed with These Broadway Touring Musicals

Played with These Big Bands

Played as a Guest Soloist with

Played as a Guest Soloist with

West Shore Symphony Orchestra

Shippensburg University Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble

Harrisburg Concert Band

Dickinson College Symphonic Band

John Denver & Friends, TV Special

The Merv Griffin Show

The Gong Show

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes

New Years Eve from Catalina Island with the Alvino Rey Orchestra