Born in Ohio, Billy moved to Florida at age 7. He bought his first guitar from Sear’s & Roebuck by mowing lawns and saving money. For some reason, he just had this burning desire to play. Forming a band with some guys from school, he played his first professional performance at 14 years old. From there, it didn’t lake long for Billy to get a reputation as a great act.
Soon, Billy started getting bookings opening up for some national acts. He toured extensively throughout Florida and graced the stage with acts such as: Tommy James, The James Gang, Marshall Tucker, The Box Tops, The Turtles, Mama’s & Papa’s, Moody Blues and even Eric Clapton. At one point he did a weekly stint with the Outlaws every Friday night.
At his peak point Billy’s family life pulled him away from the road and he elected to stay home and take care of his two children. He felt being there as a Dad for baseball, football and everything else was every bit as rewarding and more important then anything else he could have done. Billy still played locally though, and never lost that gift he has with people.
Now, better than ever, Billy’s playing a very busy schedule and has played with Toby Keith, John Michael Montgomery, Lonestar, Danny & Frankie Toler from the Allman Brothers, Ricky Lynn Greg from the band Head East, and Mark Chestnut.
Billy has been involved with many charity events. By using his name they were able to raise tens of thousands of dollars. Some of these events include the Boy’s Club, Girl’s Club, Youth Centers, different Municipal organizations, Woman’s Resource Center, Manatee Children’s Services, Thunder By The Bay and the list goes on and on. Billy has been nominated and chosen many times for the Entertainer of the Year Award. In his hometown Billy has received several awards for The Children Advocate of the Year for helping so many kids.
Billy has also played numerous shows and club dates all over the states of Florida and Georgia. Time Warner threw a party for C.M.T. for joining their network and searched for someone to represent them for the Event. When they saw Billy perform their mind was made up and the Event was a success. While there, an Executive from MTV saw him and was so impressed that they hired him to do a national convention for them.
Originally from a city just outside Boston, Massachusetts called Quincy Rich was lucky to have studied with some of the finest teachers around Boston including the many great teachers at Berklee College of Music. While in Boston and studying at Berklee, he was an instructor for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Once he finished my education at Berklee, he worked for several years on cruise ships playing in show bands. The band backed up a number of name touring acts such as Little Anthony and The Imperials among many others.
He then spent a few years living in Australia and New Zealand where I played mostly jazz gigs in clubs and concert settings. I also taught private lessons at local music stores in both countries.
He then headed back to Boston for about eight years where I played all sorts of gigs. Jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, theatre and general business gigs.
Needing a change of scenery, Rich moved to California where I performed around the Greater Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas. He was there for five years before making the final move to Sarasota, Florida.
Rich has been performing and teaching in Sarasota since 2003.
Born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey, Victor moved to Florida in the late eighties to pursue a degree in recording engineering. He picked up the guitar at 13 years old and is fluent in many styles. People are often surprised to find out that he started playing classical, something he still enjoys playing today.
Victor has played in many local bands since the early 90s as well as fronting his own band in the area for many years. In addition, Victor‘s professional career is in the music business as well. He works for Sennheiser, which is one of the world’s leading microphone manufacturers. In this role, he has shared the stages with some well-known musicians, such as Shelia E, Dave Garfield, and Alex Ligertwood to name a few.
When not playing music you can find him on anything with wheels and a motor or hanging out with his rescue dogs!
Todd is a piano bar veteran of over 20 years. He performed five nights a week for 10 years at
Aficionados, a martini bar in his hometown of Houma. Later moved to New Orleans to perform
on world famous Bourbon Street at Spirits On Bourbon. During this time Adams also worked
with Grammy award winner Wayne Toups performing at concert venues and festivals. Adams
also did lead vocals for a side project called The Fuz, a tribute for the rock band The Police.
After relocating to Sarasota Florida in 2021, he is a regular at 88 Live Piano Bar in Bradenton,
Florida. He joined the Billy Rice Band in 2023.
Like most musicians, Kevin began his musical adventure on a different instrument. Piano lessons at age 9 started it. At his first jam session at age 15, he soon realized that his band needed a bass player. “Hmmm…4 strings, no chords. That’s the one for me!” It was also at this time that his world was opened by learning music theory from his teacher, Casey Wonderlick.
After his first gig shortly after, Kevin played in various club bands around Chicago for the next 20 years. Oh, and a few gigs in Las Vegas in 1979.
Kevin moved to Sarasota during the summer of 1996. It was here that his music would expand. Playing regularly with popular local bands, touring, recording, working on a music degree, serving as a worship leader, and doing session work. Whew!
Past bands include Tomfoolery, Eddie C and the Bluesmakers, Vertigo, Lisa Ridings and Lauren Mitchell.
Recent highlights include doing fill-in work with Nashville artists Meg Williams and Travis Bowlin, opening for Country legend Lee Greenwood, and now performing with Billy Rice and his band.
Let’s see where this musical journey leads!