Billy started piano lessons at age six and continued to study to be a classical concert pianist throughout his teenage years. From a musical family - his great, great grandfather was a member of John Phillip Sousa's band in the early 1900's - Billy played his first professional job at age 16 with his Uncle Dan Vece Sr. (who played professionally until the age of 100). He continued to study music at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and the Berklee College of Music.
Boston, Massachusetts became Billy's home in the early 80's where performed almost every night, playing everything from Dixieland to Rock & Roll, R&B and Punk in many of Boston's bars and concert venues. Some of his bands included Billy and the Boys, The Incredible Dixieland Band, The Tall Boys, Blue Moon, B.O.M.B., The Undertakers and The Ozone Rangers.
In the early 90's Billy got back to his roots and started rocking again on the grand piano at Jake Ivory's on Lansdowne Street in Boston and in West Bridgewater, MA. After leaving Boston in 1995 he performed at Howl at the Moon in San Antonio, Texas and Miami, Florida. Eventually Billy would become Entertainment Director of the San Antonio Howl at the Moon franchise. In the fall of 2003 Billy moved to Arizona to help open The Big Bang Tempe, where he was an owner, Entertainment Director and also a featured performer. After 8 years at The Big Bang, Billy decided to move away from the full time dueling pianos concept and once again get back to his roots. He got a residency at Vincitorio’s Restaurant in Tempe, and has expanded that to include a Jazz Night as well as his solo piano/vocal evenings. He also performs with the lovely and talented Sarah Vanell every other Sunday at Vincitorios.
Because of his years of experience in almost every style of music, Billy performs in a way that few people can - incorporating elements of Bach to Big Band to Bon Jovi, while sprinkling in generous amounts of surprising music you didn’t think you’d hear on piano in his energetic, spontaneous performances.
Billy has also been writing, recording and producing music for over 25 years, and has gone from the humble beginnings of tape machines to computer hard drive based recording systems. He finds his biggest inspirations in the classic British recordings, such as those of Led Zeppelin, Eddie Kramer, Pink Floyd, and Def Leppard. He has been fortunate to work with John Fiddler and Arthur Offen, who he considers mentors. From Hip Hop to Hard Rock, and everything in between, Billy has a true passion for the Recording Arts.