A native of Indianapolis, IN, Wil first began playing music around age eight, then officially introduced to drums at the age of 13 by his mentor and Jazz Saxophonist, Larry Liggett, who guided him toward classical snare drum and a variety of percussion instruments. With much practice and support from his musical mentor and teachers, Wil quickly evolved into one of the most proficient young concert and jazz band drummers in the Indianapolis area. He grew up listening to and being influenced by just about every type of music he could get his ears on - and had tons of music from the 70s and 80s to hold his interest.
After relocating to the DC area about 10 years ago, Wil began to land gigs with local artists, churches and other non-profits, to provide drums and percussion services for a variety of clientele.
Wil is best known for his super tight "pocket" and clean grooves. As more of a studio/session drummer and perfectionist, Wil gets accused of holding back sometimes during recording sessions but he rises to the occasion when the lights come on during live gigs. Wil is extremely versatile as a drummer, a master of "odd-time" and polyrhythmic patterns. However, he also appreciates the simplicity of a straight 2/4 or 4/4 groove on the kit or just about any pattern on the Djembe.
Wil is a current member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and during 2020 he was selected to serve on the PAS Music Technology Committee. Wil is also a member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild and he is a trained Remo HealthRHYTHMS (c) facilitator, wherein he facilitates Group Empowerment Drumming. Finally, and as a jazz musician in the DMV, Wil is a member of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance.
As for personal practice and instruction, Wil believes "Preparation is the key to feeling good when we play, but if you're too rehearsed to swing or groove you can't help others to swing or groove...," noted about his own rehearsal and playing technique. "The goal is to have fun and exchange the best musical interactions you're capable of sharing!"
Musical influences include: Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Narada Michael Walden, Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Jeff Porcaro, Cindy Blackman, Steve Jordan, Will Kennedy, Leon Ndugu Chancler, Neal Peart, Dave Weckl and tons of local drummers everywhere!