Bill Swayze came to ASU in 1991 after a 25-year career as a
professional pianist, bassist, percussionist, recording session and
touring musician, and composer/arranger for film, advertising and
industrial recording sessions in Detroit, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
An Improvisateur, Bill honed the skill of “composing while
performing” during engagements in musical theatre, Motown, jazz
and as a pianist for vocal and instrumental soloists. He served as
Music Director for over 10 years for the improvisational comedy
troupe, “Open Forum/Contemporary Insanity”. He studied
improvisation and classical organ/bell carillon with Dr. Frederick L.
Marriott, himself a student of Marcel Dupre. Professionally, Bill
played with Steve Allen, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Brenda Russell and many
other musical artists. Bill enjoys a professional career as a church
musician (pianist/organist) and plays frequent dates as a pianist with
his own and other Phoenix-area bands, while also accompanying for the
Ballet Arizona professional dance company. Bill owns SweetBytes
Recording Studio in Mesa, AZ. In 2006, Bill was appointed one of
two University Carillonneurs who performs on ASU's Symphonic Carillon
located in Old Main at the Tempe Campus.
At the School of Film, Dance & Theatre, Bill plays for dance
classes in Postmodern Contemporary and Contemporary Ballet Technique
and trains, supervises and assigns dance studio musicians for classes.
Also Sound Designer for Dance performances, Bill operates the Concert
Sound Studio 26 in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, and teaches sound
production classes for Dance Performance Theatre.