A member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra trumpet section since May 1988, Bill Lucas was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area. He attended Plymouth High School and the University of Michigan, where he was enrolled in both the schools of engineering and music. Throughout the years he has performed as a freelance musician in the Detroit/Ann Arbor areas, and he served as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Toledo Symphony prior to his appointment in Detroit.
An active member of the freelance, jazz and chamber music communities in metropolitan Detroit, Bill has appeared as a jazz soloist in many popular jazz clubs and nightspots of Vail, Colo., as well as the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. A prolific arranger for small ensembles, he is frequently called upon to compose trumpet fanfares for local commemorations. Lucas’ arrangements for brass have been performed by the Celli Jam, comprised of members of the DSO cello section.