Billie began playing the clarinet in the 5th grade, and continued through high school in her
hometown of Bartlesville, OK. She played with the University of Oklahoma marching band and wind
ensemble while earning her BS in chemical engineering, and the University of Washington wind
ensemble and symphony while earning her PhD in bioengineering. (Unfortunately, there wasn't time
to play with university groups while attending veterinary school at Kansas State!) Since that
time, she has played with the community band in Winfield, KS, and has directed church choirs in
Winfield and Manhattan, KS.
In addition to the St. Johnsbury Band, Billie currently plays with the Northeast Kingdom Symphony Orchestra and directs the choir at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Barre, VT, and plays the piano for services when needed. Billie is the veterinarian and owner of Companion Pet Care in Littleton, NH. She and her husband, Joe, live in Waterford, VT, with several beloved cats and dogs.