Bill Gwynne has the notable distinction of having been born on Cinco de Mayo. Coupled with his being born and raised in California (formerly part of Mexico), this makes him the most Latino of all the white non-Hispanics in the band. Back in the days when Tropicoso was only a 6 piece band, Bill started showing up to sit in at every gig, eventually creating a position for himself. Bill is a bit of a Renaissance man who counts among his accomplishments a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he now teaches music technology subjects as an adjunct professor.
On most days you can find Bill at Group Effort Sound Studios in northern Kentucky. A recording engineer and producer who co-founded the studio, Bill has engineered, produced and/or performed on well over a hundred recording projects (one of which was Tropicoso’s first release ‘Un Cuento’) in every imaginable genre. Bill also does freelance sound system and light system rental work, “On Location” audio and video recording, computer consulting, web site work, CD package design and layout and music technology consulting. Bill is essentially our first call for tech support.
Counting among his hobbies and interests astronomy and astrophotography (he volunteers to present lectures on astronomical topics at the Cincinnati Observatory Center in Mt. Lookout), he has also taken to salsa dancing like a fish to water. When not on stage at our gigs, you can usually find Bill on the dance floor.
More times than we can remember, Bill has also bailed us out by sitting in the Bass chair when we needed him. We have not found a place for his euphonium just yet, but he still qualifies as the Swiss army knife of the ensemble. All this and his great sense of humor has helped the band make it through the years.