This year, Bill is celebrating 40 years as a professional drummer. In that 40 years, he has never missed an engagement for any reason!
Bill began playing piano at age 8 and switched to the drums at age 10.
He was very fortunate to have the world-renown cornetist & vocalist, Bob Schulz, as his mentor and band director for his entire school life from Junior High School through his departure from high school. Bill also was mentored by Dr. James Latimer - University of Wisconsin and Pavel Burda - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Over time, his studies also included lessons with The Granddaddy of Percussion Roy Knapp, Gary Gauger of RIMS fame, Casey Scheuerell, Franklin Else and Lance Haas. Bill studied music full-time at UWM for about 3 years.
He began playing professionally at age 13 and full-time touring with the world-famous Clyde McCoy at age 16.
Bill started his first full-time band on the road at age 19 and later that year became the musical director and bandleader for the Lloyd Pedersen Show.
In 1976, he located in Milwaukee at age 22 and about 2 years later came off the road and began working full-time with a couple of primary bands and as a hired gun with about 30 other bands.
Bill officially launched Bill Sargent Bands on November 18, 1982.
Aside from working with every top musician in Wisconsin, Bill has performed with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Jon Bauman Bowzer from Sha-Na-Na & The Stingrays, Terry Blaine & The New York City All-Stars, Buddy Morrow, Charlie Spivak, The Russ Morgan Orchestra, The Ink Spots, Steve Allen, Clyde McCoy, The Jan Garber Orchestra, The Dick Jurgens Orchestra, Bob Havens, Ray McKinley, Ray Brown, James Moody, Marvin Stamm, Buddy DeFranco, Ritchie Cole, Sam Most, Barrett Deems, Chuck Hedges, Bryan Lynch, Dan Nimmer, Henry Cuesta, Bob Schulz, Ed Polcer, Brian Lynch, Bobby Burgess, Kerry Christensen, Jimmy Duffy, Tommy Justice, Tom Artin, Ed Reed, Heinie Beau, Smokie Stover, Bob Hirsh, Bill Hanck, Ruben Ristrom, Bobby Roberts, Dave Bany, Duane Thamm, Dale DeVoe, Vince Giordano, Buddy Apfel, Gary Church, Bobby Gordon, Kim Cusack, Tom Bartlett, John Bany, Russell George, Bobby Lewis, Gene Bolen, Dave Gannett, Art Davis, Jordan Baskin, Lee Richardson, Tom Hook, Steve Jensen, Tommy Griffith, Bob Leary, Joe Lulloff, Ron Thielman, Barney Floyd, Guy Fiorenza, Dan Shapera, The Steamboat Syncopators, The Leningrad Dixieland Band, The Gypsy Hombres, Lou Brown's Firehouse Jazz Band, Sensation Jazz Band, Roger Pemberton, Willie Pickens, Mark Shane, Dave Hazeltine, Jon Weber, Paul Libman, Jimmy Damon, Tony Galante, Cathi Hayes, Herb Jeffries, The Spiral Staircase, Darryl Kennedy, John Cooper, Jerry Martin, The Lloyd Pedersen Show, Heritage, Sam McCue, Jim Schwall, Phil Driscoll, LaMar Boschman, Paul Ferrin, Pat Mesiti, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Randy Ruiz, Radiant Church Worship Team - Colorado Springs, Rory Hoffman, Joe Alme Big Band, Williams & Ree, Annette Griffin, Miss Iowa - Sherry Riley, Tony Renard, Ivan Fleming, Dizzy Dean, St. Leo's Catholic Church Choir - Minot ND and many others!