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Billy Rice Band

Born in Ohio, Billy moved to Florida at age 7. He bought his first guitar from Sear's & Roebuck by mowing lawns and saving money. For some reason, he just had this burning desire to play. Forming a band with some guys from school, he played his first professional performance at 14 years old. From there, it didn't lake long for Billy to get a reputation as a great act.

Soon, Billy started getting bookings opening up for some national acts. He toured extensively throughout Florida and graced the stage with acts such as: Tommy James, The James Gang, Marshall Tucker, The Box Tops, The Turtles, Mama's & Papa's, Moody Blues and even Eric Clapton. At one point he did a weekly stint with the Outlaws every Friday night.

At his peak point Billy's family life pulled him away from the road and he elected to stay home and take care of his two children. He felt being there as a Dad for baseball, football and everything else was every bit as rewarding and more important then anything else he could have done. Billy still played locally though, and never lost that gift he has with people.

Now, better than ever, Billy's playing a very busy schedule and has played with Toby Keith, John Michael Montgomery, Lonestar, Danny & Frankie Toler from the Allman Brothers, Ricky Lynn Greg from the band Head East, and Mark Chestnut.
Billy has been involved with many charity events. By using his name they were able to raise tens of thousands of dollars. Some of these events include the Boy's Club, Girl's Club, Youth Centers, different Municipal organizations, Woman's Resource Center, Manatee Children's Services, Thunder By The Bay and the list goes on and on. Billy has been nominated and chosen many times for the Entertainer of the Year Award. In his hometown Billy has received several awards for The Children Advocate of the Year for helping so many kids.

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