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wing and jazz vocalist Bill Bucher Jr. of Salisbury, North Carolina has been involved in performing live music since the 1970's when he covered keyboards and vocals with the guys in his Potomac, Maryland high school garage band. He inherited his appetite for jazz from his father, Bill Sr., a World-War II veteran, self-taught jazz pianist and lifelong big band enthusiast. Bill says he's "always had a thing for swing," and now he's using his retirement years to pursue his love for the craft with renewed enthusiasm and dedication.
Bill’s versatile voice evokes the many styles and moods of the singers who made the songs he performs famous, yet he still brings a fresh and deeply personal touch to everything he does, bringing together all of the skills he has developed as a vocalist and featured soloist with various local bands, singing groups and church choirs over the past thirty years. He has studied voice with Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge and Lauren Kinhan, members of the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz group The New York Voices. Locally, he has performed as a vocalist with the Salisbury Symphony at their annual "Big Band Bash" fundraiser events.
Bill has also appeared in several PPT/ Meroney Theatre productions, including the second performance of the musical "1776" (James Wilson) , "Welcome To Mitford" (Percy Mosely) and the musical comedy "Sister Act" (Monsignor O'Hara). An ardent supporter of the Arts in Education, Bill's resume wouldn’t be complete without also mentioning his six seasons as president of the West Rowan High School Band Boosters while one or both of his two daughters performed with the school's marching band.
You'll hear much of the Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick, Jr. and even Nat King Cole songbook in Bill's performances, but he also includes other favorite selections made popular by well-known singers from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's, from Rat Pack classics to the best of early Rock and Roll.
Bill is a founding member of the six-part vocal harmony group The Moonglows, and he is one of three featured vocalists with the Rowan Big Band All Stars (Landis, NC). He enjoys traveling and is occasionally performs as a guest vocalist with local community big bands in North Carolina and beyond. If you're a performing big band/swing musician or enthusiast he would love to hear from you!
Bill’s wife Gayla and both of their now adult daughters share his passion for vocal music and each have performed locally. The Buchers live in Salisbury, NC.
“...Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can’t explain it. They really can’t translate feeling because they’re not part of it. That’s why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling.“
Bill Evans, Legendary Jazz Pianist, 1929-1980
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