Born in Pittsburgh, PA., Bill Tole comes from a musical family. His father was a high school band director and a representative for Selmer and King musical corporations for many years and has been active as a professional trombonist and pianist. His mother also plays the piano, and for many years performed as a vocalist and accompanist for master chorales in Western Pennsylvania. Until retirement, she was a music teacher for children with special needs. His parents both have been a tremendous influence on Bill developing an appreciation and love for the art.
Wishing to pursue a career as a musician, Bill attended Duquesne University School of Music