Established in 2003, The BigTime Party Band has enjoyed three (3) songs achieving Top 10 status on 94.9 FM The Surf's (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) beach music charts, with one going all the way to #1 and another to #4.
In 2009, the BigTime Party Band was nominated for "Best New Artist of the Year" by the Carolina Beach Music Academy.
With eight (8) active performers, the band demonstrates a strong vocal range coupled with accomplished musicianship.
Five (5) of the band members live in Pittsboro, NC, the bands home base.
- John Wilson, the group’s lead tenor vocalist, an energetic and charismatic front man and southpaw guitarist
- Tiff Wheeler Hancock, sultry vocalist and a standout “Hit Maker” in her own right
- Johnny Wilson, tenor vocalist, operations manager, and founder of the band
- Bill Hancock, keyboardist and gutsy blues vocalist as well as the band’s “Falsetto Master”
- Ernie Pryce, percussionist providing the “Jersey Backbeat” of the band
- Todd Yanez, bassist and vocalist delivering a propulsive “Chicago” groove, lives in Rocky Mount, NC
- Benny Latino, saxophonist infusing his New Orleans heritage into the band’s music, lives in Raleigh, NC
- Barry Briggs, lead guitarist and vocalist drawing inspiration from some of the South’s great blues players, lives in Siler City, NC
Together, they personalize each song with their harmonious vocal blend, driving rhythms, and discerning instrumentation.
What People Are Saying About BTPB:
“The BigTime Party Band… has quickly become one of the hottest bands in the Southeast. Playing traditional Beach Music, Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Southern and Classic Rock and a wide and pleasing variety of party favorites in clubs, community festivals, weddings and many corporate events, BigTime has moved to the forefront of both live and recorded bands in the region.”
Mike Lewis, Senior Member, "The DJ Hall of Fame" Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Exactly what we were hoping for…They kept guests dancing all night.”
Quincy B, Wedding Reception, Stokesdale, NC
“Their music was fantastic….We highly recommend them.”
Nancy P, Wedding Reception, Rocky Mount, NC
“The entire band and their show was top notch for our dinner dance. I would recommend The BigTime Party Band for any venue or event…Thanks Johnny and the rest of the band!”
Kevin H, Private Party, Raleigh, NC