Bill Parish is originally from Detroit and has performed in concert or recorded with the Detroit Concert Band, all Aspen Music Festival Orchestras, Bob Hope, Bernadette Peters, Diahann Carroll, Liberace, George Gobel, Tex Beneke of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, and for Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush and Bill Clinton.
On the Rock and Contemporary side of the music business, he has performed in concert or recorded with Ramsey Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, the Supremes, the Shirelles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, the Coasters, and on Marvin Gaye's Grammy-nominated album “What’s Goin’ On” which placed 4th in VH-1’s recent poll of the “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Albums of All Time” and 6th in Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, just behind the Beatles’ Rubber Soul and ahead of the White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be.
He can be seen leading the Little Big Band in the film “Winter Break." A recent documentary, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, describes what it was like to record for some of the people mentioned in the above paragraph.
He is currently leader of the 22-piece Bill Parish Orchestra, the Little Big Band, the Power Company, and several Classical and Jazz/Contemporary duos, trios, quartets and quintets.
He taught for six years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is heard on flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and vocals.