Born: July 4, 1962 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
Bill Fulton is known throughout the Los Angeles area as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, music producer and pianist/keyboardist. Bill has been very active in the Southland vicinity in and around Los Angeles, CA since 1987 when he moved there from the San Francisco Bay Area. Born on July 4, 1962 in Oakland, California, Bill spent his childhood in nearby Alameda. Bill began his music exploration at the age of 7 on the trumpet, later switching to piano at the age of 14. He attended Cal State University at Hayward as a music composition major. After Cal State Hayward, Bill worked extensively in the Bay Area as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, and engineer. As a keyboardist in the Bay Area Bill worked with Sheila E., KSAN radio personality Steve Jordan, Chuck Mangione guitarist Grant Geissman, popular Bay Area R&B/Top 40 group Touch n Go as well as many other fine musical ensembles. In April 1987, shortly after leaving Touch n Go, Bill moved to the Los Angeles area to attend the Dick Grove School Of Music's Composing/Arranging Program.
Bill continued to perform local gigs at clubs and private events while attending the Dick Grove School. At the end of his year at Dick Grove (August 1988), Bill received a recommendation from Paul Goldfield (the engineering instructor at the school) to MCA-TV (now NBC Universal) and The Arthur Company Television and Motion Pictures to work as a staff composer. That was the start of Bill's career as a film and TV composer. While at the Arthur Company, Bill created themes and underscore for The Munsters Today, The New Dragnet, The New Adam 12, FBI: The Untold Stories, and many other industrial/instructional films and commercials.In 1993 began writing music for Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network for the I Am Weasel, Cow & Chicken and What A Cartoon! animated series. During this period, Bill also wrote music for three animated Cheetos spots for international ad agency BBDO and underscore for the Nickelodeon series “Poochini”. Bill's music can be heard all over the world in syndicated television (TV) shows and films. Bill even has a three second sound-bite in the movies The Ring with Naomi Watts and Unbreakable with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson (look for I Am Weasel playing on a TV set in both films. Bill's film and TV music is published in part by his publishing company Fulltone Music and in part by the various production companies he has worked for. BMI has been the PRO (Performing Rights Organization) of Bill's music since 1989.
Bill has also worked as an orchestrator and copyist and is known for his big band writing, which recently (2008) has become more in demand from high school and university music departments, music camps, and established big bands throughout the world. Bill also started the Bill Fulton Band in 2002, which released an album called “Time” (2002) and “About 12:00am” (2009) and has played in many Los Angeles venues including the Playboy Jazz Festival. The Bill Fulton Band is a jazz-fusion octet that features some of the greatest talents in Los Angeles. The Bill Fulton Band without a doubt represents LA's (Los Angeles) top players and musicians performing jazz- fusion, smooth jazz, funk, pop, and classical styles. The Bill Fulton Band has featured legendary saxophonist Ernie Watts on many occasions.
Some of the artists Bill has worked with include: Bill Holman, Connie Stevens, Ernie Watts, Gordon Goodwin, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Lorber, Joely Fisher, Lily Tomlin, Martha Plimpton, Suzanne Somers and many others.
Tracks: The Land That Time Forgot; Maple Street; Cow Poetry; Secrets; Anthem; Time Squared; New Religion; The Force; In Your Dreams; Time & Space.
Personnel: Bill Fulton: piano/keyboards Adam Cohen: bass David Enos: bass Kevin Axt: bass Jason Harnell: drums Kendall Kay: drums Mike Nelson: sax Brian Scanlon: sax Tom Buckner: sax Fred Horn: sax Lee Thornburg: trumpet Mike McGuffey: trumpet Carl Saunders: trumpet.
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