Bill Arnold | Executive Vice President/Events
Two of Bill’s life passions have been his profession and his music. His interest in music fully erupted when the Beatles began their tour on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1960’s. He mowed lawns to earn enough money to purchase a Gibson SG, and has been in love with guitars ever since. He played in an ill-fated garage band in high school that went nowhere…but it was fun, and then devoted his time to earning a PhD, becoming a board certified licensed psychologist, tenured full professor of psychology with the University of Texas System, and running a successful private practice for 40 years–most recently in criminal forensic psychology in the Boise area where he retired. His career included an appointment by the governor and 8 years of service on the Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners and has been President of the Idaho Psychological Association. In the area of music, in 1978, he met his musical soulmate, and played a number of clubs over the next 12 years, ending with two bands in South Texas on the US-Mexico Border, with the most successful being “Los Blues Guys.” Over the past 10 years he has played guitar on 3 church worship teams in the Boise area. Most recently, he has served on the City of Eagle’s Arts Commission. He established his local band in 2016, the Billy Blues Band featuring Michele Eastland and Becky Blake. His band has been successfully playing various venues in the Treasure Valley and McCall focusing on upscale clubs, festivals, private parties and weddings.