Born: September 23, 1937
BILL TOLE BIOGRAPHY
Born in Pittsburgh, PA., Bill Tole comes from a musical family. His father was a high school band director and a representative for Selmer and King musical corporations for many years and has been active as a professional trombonist and pianist. His mother also plays the piano, and for many years performed as a vocalist and accompanist for master chorales in Western Pennsylvania. Until retirement, she was a music teacher for children with special needs. His parents both have been a tremendous influence on Bill developing an appreciation and love for the art.
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 that band. He later joined the US Air Force dance band, the “Airmen of Note”, which is a continuation of the Army Air Force “Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Tole was solo trombonist with the “Airmen of Note”....