Bill Fulton was born on July 4, 1962 (Yes! I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy!!) in Oakland, California and spent his childhood in nearby Alameda. Bill began his music exploration at the age of 7 on the trumpet in the school concert band as his family did not yet own a piano. At the age of 15, Bill’s family moved out of their 2 bedroom apartment in Alameda to a 5 bedroom house in Dublin, CA. It was there that the Fulton family purchased their first piano.
At 15 and acquiring his first piano at home, Bill quickly discovered he had an affinity for the piano and rapidly learned on his own except for 1 or 2 lessons from his mother who was a prodigy on the instrument in her youth. Bill also learned the fundamentals of music theory through self-study as well as from his uncle and maternal grandfather who were both pianists. Music generally runs in Bill’s extended family though no one pursued music as a career.
Very soon Bill became very interested in composing and arranging more than actually being an accomplished pianist. Bill wrote arrangements for the high school concert and marching band as well as local community bands as well as many instrumental songs with and without lyrics.
In September 1980 Bill enrolled in Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) as a music composition major. After Cal State Hayward, Bill worked extensively in California and Oregon as a keyboardist, pianist, teacher, composer, arranger, and engineer. As a keyboardist in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bill performed often at private venues, concerts (Sheila E, D’wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!, formerly KSAN radio personality Steve Jordan, keyboardist-arranger-producer Tom Tomasello, Touch ‘n Go Band, Grant Geissman 1981 guest appearance at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill CA) and major hotel chains up to 6 nights a week