Oral History Information
William Kraft has dedicated his life as a composer to the world of percussion. With noted works and workshops, William has become an important part of the educational element of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In fact, several of his notable pieces were introduced during PASIC over the years. He grew up in San Diego and joined the United States Air Force for three years in the later part of World War II. He later became an arranger for dance bands and discovered the musical programs at Tanglewood, which he has often said, forever changed his life. His interview for both the NAMM Oral History program and Percussive Arts Society (PAS) archives was completed on November 9, 2006.