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 and tuba later switching to piano at the age of 15 when his family first got a piano! He attended Cal State Hayward starting in 1980 (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, KSAN radio personality Steve Jordan, Grant Geissman) and major hotel chains up to 6 nights a week
In 1987 Bill moved to Los Angeles to attend the Dick Grove School of Music to study with the master himself, Dick Grove. While attending Dick Grove, Bill also played many local live gigs in the Los Angeles area at clubs and private events. Through contacts that Bill made at the Dick Grove School, Bill was recommended to a staff position as a composer on the Universal Studios lot for MCA TV and The Arthur Company Television and Motion Pictures in August 1988. While at the Arthur Company, Bill created themes and underscore for “The Munsters Today”, “The New Dragnet”, “The New Adam 12”, “FBI: The Untold Stories”, and many other industrial/instructional films and commercials.
In 1993 began writing music for Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and Cartoon Network for “I Am Weasel”, “Cow & Chicken” and “What A Cartoon!” animated series. “I Am Weasel” episodes were featured as source tv music in the films “The Ring” (Naomi Watts) and “Unbreakable” (Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson) and several other tv shows.
In 1997 Bill composed and produced the score to the “Blotto” episode of the Nickelodeon series Oh Yeah! Cartoons. This episode was produced and animated by renowned animator and writer Byron Vaughns. It was a groundbreaking animated score featuring iconic R&B/funk music with soaring soul-infused vocals. Starting In 2001, Bill began composing music for advertising agency BBDO. Some of the spots Bill wrote for included music for Frito-Lay’s “Cheetos Go-Snacks.” Around that same time from 2000-2003 wrote music for several episodes of the animated series “Poochini” which aired on Nickelodeon tv network.
In 2002 Bill launched the Bill Fulton Band, which released 2 CDs – “Time” (2002) and “About 12:00am” (2009). The Bill Fulton Band features the greatest musicians in Los Angeles including legendary saxophonist Ernie Watts (Tonight Show, Rolling Stones, Charlie Haden’s Quartet West). Performing jazz fusion, smooth jazz, funk, pop, and classical styles, The Bill Fulton Band has played in many Los Angeles venues including the Playboy Jazz Festival, La Ve Lee, Catalina Jazz Club, The Grove, LA Farmer’s Market, and Lunaria.
Without interruption from 1980 through 2017 (at this writing) in addition to the numerous tv and web series in which Bill composed music, Bill consistently worked as a live keyboardist and pianist with numerous artists in venues all over the world. Some of the major artists Bill works for are Engelbert Humperdinck, Suzanne Somers, Connie Stevens, Jack Sheldon, Jeff Lorber, and many other notable Los Angeles artists and ensembles.
As a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and copyist of orchestra and big band scores, Bill has worked for many clients including Engelbert Humperdinck, Connie Stevens, Steven Bishop and many others since 1980. Bill’s original big band and orchestral scores are very popular with high school music departments, university music departments, music camps, and many other music groups throughout the United States and the world.
In 2016 Bill launched the band Groove Lexicon (fka The Bill Fulton Band) with drummer David Anderson. Groove Lexicon is performing around Los Angeles and recently made a music video. They are pursuing extensive promotion as well as more live performance.