William Hayes '71
Hart School of Music, Bachelor of Music 1975
Accomplished percussionist and composer, performing in numerous concerts, television shows, radio shows and Broadway shows around the world .
Member of Liza Minnelli's band for twelve years. Played on four Grammy Award winning albums (including one with Barbra Streisand), and two Oscar winning soundtracks (Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast ). Producer and musical director for an album for NHS Wall of Achievement inductee Alison Fraser '73.
On-stage performances with Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlisch and Art Garfunkle. Soundtracks include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast . Broadway Shows includeWoman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, Grease with Brooke Shields, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holiday, and Dancin' with Ann Reinking.
Advice to Students
Find what you love to do and go for it. You may not end up where you expected, but you'll have an exciting journey. Don't be afraid to follow your dreams. If you follow your dreams, success will find you.
Inducted November 23, 1999