Bill Stokes was a violinist with the Florida West Coast Symphony (now the Sarasota Orchestra) from 1976-2000. During this time he was also concertmaster of the Sarasota Pops for 3 years, played with the Vermont Symphony for their summer seasons 1986-1988, and maintained a busy free-lance schedule. He was hired by touring shows, and performed with artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Collins, Steve Allen, Marian McPartland, Ray Price, and George Shearing.
In 2000 Bill relocated to Keene, NY and devoted himself to the study of jazz. He plays guitar with the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra and with the trio Spring On Jupiter.