(PRWEB) March 20, 2010
Bill Hemmans was twelve years old in the eight grade at Center High in Waycross Ga, when he saw his prospective Band Director John Wesley playing the saxophone in the bandroom. He was just passing by and the director leaned over the piano bench, then he lay back against the wall and he facinated Bill so much that Bill breathlessly explained to his Dad when he came home from work that his desire was to play the saxophone. Bill had never been excited about anything, in fact, all his parents efforts to incourage Bill to do anything had failed. Bill's Father, William Hemmans Sr, played football in high school, and had gone to College for a little while and had come back home to get married and raise a Family. He started out as a helper in the Railroads and worked his way to a laborer and eventually became a foreman. He became chairman of the union in 1949. Across the street from his home was a little Grocery store, on the corner, Since Bill's Mother Frances, had had experiance in the Grocery business in that she worked for her aunt in Thomasville, Ga. who had her own Grocery store, Bill's dad made the arrangements to buy the store for Bill's mother to operate.
So when Bill came home from school excited about doing something, His Dad talked with the Band instructor and he suggested buying a used horn, to see if Bill would maintain the interest, Bill's Dad bought Bill a "Brand New Saxophone. " Bill would practice at least 8 to 12hrs. per day, every day. Bil became the best instrumentalist of the year, in his senior year. He went on to Florida A&M University where he developed his skills on the saxophone, went on to the Naval school of Music, and back to Florida A&M. After a stint with the Ike & Tina Turner Review, in 1970 his record 'Summertime' sold millions and Bill Hemmans became a Star.
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