Music Director & Arranger.
Bill has been a sought-after performer, musical director and teacher for many years. His experience is varied: he played on the 2008 Grammy-winning Ratatouille soundtrack. He served as David Foster’s Music Director for many years, working with artists such as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Peter Cetera and Kenny Loggins to name a few.
His recording credits include Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb, Michelle Wright, Simple Plan and Christopher Wong. He has also performed with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Robben Ford, Frances Yip, Teresa Carpio, Bianca Wu, and Anthony Lun. In 2003, he was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.
In 2010, he received both a Lifetime Achievement Award and Most Influential Jazz Musician recognition from the Royal Canadian Music Project, and his band – Sample Sterns Band (from the 1970’s) received the Most Influential Group Award. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014, he received the Ovation Awards for “The Raymur Mothers” (Best New Work). He is currently on the faculty of Vancouver Community College where he teaches jazz piano and composition. In March, he released his first album with The Bill Sample Trio, entitled “Small”.