Billy Wear

San Diego

Billy Wear- has been playing drums for over 50 years, and teaching for 30 years. With supportive parents, he started gigging at the age of 13 with bands while still attending Quakertown High School in Pennsylvania and participating in their marching, concert, and jazz bands. At 17 he joined the American Youth Jazz band in Wilmington, Delaware where he toured Europe and performed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. After graduating High School, he auditioned in Washington, D.C. and was accepted into the US Navy Music Program. Once graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music, his tours of duty included Yokosuka, Japan, Florida, California, and Hawaii. After 10 years of service with the Navy band, he departed to pursue his musical endeavors.
Billy has played for name acts such as The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Frankie Laine, Jay and the Techniques, Herman’s Hermits, The Ink Spots, and many more. He has also studied with Joe Morello, Carmine Appice, Rod Morganstein, Paul Miller, Martin Bradfield, and Ron DeStefano. Billy loves to teach drums and finds it his way of giving back to the community and sharing his drumming knowledge and musical experiences with students who are interested in learning music.