Will Parker is a children's songwriter and teaching artist, making music for "kids ages 1-100." During Will's whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings songs that open us up to the world of imagination while simultaneously validating the human experience. A fan favorite at each of Will's show is an improvised song based on topic suggestions from the audience. Additionally, he presents programs on songwriting, the creative process, improvisation, theatre, and story-telling. If you're looking for children's music for your birthday party or special event in San Antonio, Texas or anywhere in the United States, look no further!
Mr. Parker performed at Palestine Public Library, leading the children and families in cute, interactive, funny, wonderful songs. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you so much for reminding us again why music is so important, and that great musical performances bring much joy.
Will performed for over 25 kids, ages 1-4 (+ another 35+ older "kids) and everyone had a great time! My son, a guitar/music FANATIC loved every second of it! He's still singing Hip Hop Bunny Hop 5+ times a day. The adults loved the improv song - it was hilarious and impressive! Thank you, Will, for making my son's birthday so very memorable. We may have to have him back for next year's party!
Response from Will Parker:
Thanks so much, Kristen! Glad everyone had a great time!
Will Parker did a wonderful job performing for the preschool and early elementary kids. His songs are both entertaining and interactive. Will has a real talent for connecting with kids!
We hired Will Parker as one of our summer reading performers and he was AMAZING. He had an audience of 200+ for an hour and kept them entertained and engaged from start to finish. His energy, talent, and sincerity shine and his sense of humor kept us *all* laughing, from the littlest in the audience to even the adultiest adults among us. We hope to have him back again next year and honestly, I don't think the kids would forgive us if we didn't!!
Will came to the Electra Public Library July 6th and we had a blast. Will is full of energy and kept the kids entertained with fun, laughter and high energy. His songs were great and educational to great rhythms and snapping beats.
Will has an amazing memory, that astounded me when he could name everyone who attended the performance even though the children moved around during his performance. He made up a song for the kids with things that the children suggested. He never wrote any of the suggestions down but he remembered them all.
If you have never booked will for something at your event please consider it because he is awesome.
Will Parker did a wonderful show at my library! He creates energetic, humorous, dance-able music that is completely infectious! The songs are great; I haven't been able to stop humming "Amanda, the dancing panda," "I'm a bear now," and "Hip hop bunny hop." He is great entertainment for kids of any age, and adults, too. I highly recommend his show for your group!
Mr. Parker performed for my library's summer reading program. His show was amazing. The children that attended were completely entertained my Mr. Parker. His songs are perfect for any age. Even the parents enjoyed him!! I cannot wait to have back!!
Will was great at getting the kids to participate and sing and dance along with him! Even though the rapping was fun, I don't think the kids knew how educational it was. It was a fun show for everyone of all ages!
Will Parker gave such a fun performance at our library. He engaged the kids with all of his songs and kept them dancing for an hour! It was a great time!
Will Parker provided entertainment for our library's summer reading program in June, 2017. While the program was intended for Kindergarten through 5th grade, there were a variety of ages in attendance. Mr. Parker kept all of the children well engaged despite the age differences. He was energetic and his program moved at a good pace. Mr. Parker is also a quality performer musically. He sang fun songs the children could participate in while accompanying himself on guitar and ukulele. Mr. Parker's program made a very nice and memorable event for our library. I am happy to recommend him.
Mr. Parker did a 30 minute gig for a luau @ my grandson's 7th birthday party & not only did THE KIDS enjoy him, but he was a such a hit with the parents! He went with the flow & totally understood their attention span--he also "listens" to the kids requests, & said later it helps him with material for future songwriting
Response from Will Parker:
Thanks so much, Barbara! It was a blast!
Will came out to our school for Western Day and the kiddos really enjoyed him and his hilarious songs. Thank you for showing the kids a great time.
Response from Will Parker:
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure playing for your school. They were a great audience!
Will, you were really awesome at Camp Allen. Keep writing awesome songs and doing what you love!
Response from Will Parker:
Will came to perform at our Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet. It was a lot of fun. We received rave comments from more people than I can count. Will’s show was absolutely fantastic and I know we could not have been happier. Will is funny, and plays age-appropriate music. He also makes an effort to involve all children, young and old. We loved every moment. Great entertainment for children of all ages!
We hired Will for a 3rd Birthday Party and he was awesome! He has a great set up with his guitar and harmonica and did tons of fun songs that the kids loved. We had about 35 kids in total and he managed to captivate them all for a good 30 minute show. He had them singing along and really getting into it. They were all dancing by the end and it was great show. We would definitely hire him again and he is great and easy to work with. Thanks!!
Will Parker came and sang at my elementary school library's DREAM BIG READ STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER family event. Families sat picnic style in the cafeteria and listened to Will's concert while the students wore their jammies and read to their stuffed animals! Will was great and even wore pajamas and a robe to join in the fun. The kids were mostly kindergarten and 1st graders, and they had fun dancing as grasshoppers, butterflies, and fireflies. Many requested their stuffed friends eat "Gummy Bear pancakes", which was the first song Will sang! Will was on time, kind, and professional...made our event extra fun. I would definitely recommend his services.
Response from Will Parker:
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
What to Expect
During Will's whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings songs that open us up to the world of imagination while simultaneously validating the human experience. A fan favorite at each of Will's show is an improvised song based on topic suggestions from the audience. Additionally, he presents programs on songwriting, the creative process, improvisation, theatre, and story-telling.
"One of the reasons Pixar has made billions of dollars off of all us unsuspecting parents/nerds is its ability to produce movies which bridge the gap between the color, wonder, and the adventure of childhood with the knowing cynicism of our "responsible years”—and all the incidental humor that goes along with that. Thus is the genius of Will Parker and his record “High Five Yourself.” On first listen of the album, listeners will initially make worthy comparisons to other songwriting greats from off the beaten path. Fans of The Magnetic Fields will endear themselves to the unique subjects broached by "High Five Yourself," Jonathan Richman devotees will appreciate Will's rich and joyous swagger, and members of Daniel Johnston’s universal cult following will hear eerie similarities to Johnston's innocent and wonderful dream songs. Originally coming to San Antonio for a theatre education at Trinity University, Will established a cottage-industry music career playing songs, according to him, “for kids ages 1 to 100.” Birthday parties, school functions, and Bar-mitzvahs are the kinds of events which provide a home for Will’s encouraging and energetic love of the self-aware characters that inhabit his songs. With the same semi-sardonic vocal timbre as Tom Green--a charming blend of mischief and mania—Parker’s “High Five Yourself" gives voice to the monsters we might ordinarily fear or dismiss, showing them to be creatures just like us who are trying to make their way through life. A Caveman named "Ug," a misunderstood shark named "Sheila," an alien named "Al," and Will's brave declaration that he is a dragon are featured on the album in addition to a host of other demos and recordings on his Bandcamp page. Much like the better, more tender moments of Sesame Street, these songs reveal a softer, sweeter side of our inner-weirdos and it is easy to see why kids and adults alike can dig these tunes. The themes of tolerance of difference, friendship, and the value of super-saccharine breakfast food is communicated by way of a delightful lo-fi recording style with accompaniment from friends and fans alike. Indeed, Will has crafted these tunes to be "sing-alongable" adding to the inherent fun and ecumenical nature of the songs on "High Five Yourself." Will Parker and his associated projects (The Somewhat Splendid Individuals and St. Augustine’s Day) represent the best and most interesting of what Texas Indie music has to offer; so like most good things in life, you should experience this music with a friend (or a few)." --Hollis Webb, Hollis Music
Will performs all over Texas and will travel anywhere in the continental United States!
Alabama Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements are very minimal. I can provide my own equipment (mic, amp, etc.) or I can use provided sound equipment (PA system, etc.)
Past Booked Events
|August 12, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||The Twig Book Shop - San Antonio, TX|
|July 21, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Schertz, TX Library|
|July 20, 2017 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm||New Braunfels, TX Library|
|July 20, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||New Braunfels, TX Library|
|July 20, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||New Braunfels Library|
|July 19, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Taylor, TX Library|
|July 18, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Library at Cedar Creek|
|July 18, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Library at Cedar Creek|
|July 17, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Round Rock, TX Library|
|July 17, 2017 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Round Rock, TX Library|
|July 17, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:45am||Children's Courtyard|
|July 15, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Bryan College Station, TX Library|
|July 07, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:45am||The Colony Library|
|July 06, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Electra, TX Library|
|July 05, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Wichita Falls, TX Library|
|July 01, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Eulass, TX Library|
|June 30, 2017 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm||Lakeshore Library Buchanan Dam, TX|
|June 30, 2017 • 11:00am - 11:45am||Kingsland, TX Library|
|June 29, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Smith Welch Library - Hearne, TX|
|June 29, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Temple, TX Library|
|June 28, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Palestine, TX Library|
|June 27, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:45am||Palestine, TX Library|
|June 24, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15pm||Abilene Public Library|
|June 20, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Bentonville, AR Library|
|June 19, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Fayetteville, AR Library|
|June 19, 2017 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Muskogee, OK Library|
|June 17, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Sanger, TX Library|
|June 16, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Hutto, TX Library|
|June 15, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:45am||St. Paul's Episcopal School|
|June 14, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm||Davis Library - Plano, TX|
|June 14, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Hewitt, TX Library|
|June 12, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Del Rio, TX Library|
|June 12, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Del Rio, TX Library|
|June 09, 2017 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Smith Library - Wylie, TX|
|June 03, 2017 • 10:00am - 10:30am||Birthday (Child)|
|April 30, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||The Cat and the Bird - McNay Museum - SATX|
|April 29, 2017 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm||King William Fair|
|April 08, 2017 • 10:30am - 11:15pm||Easter Egg Hunt|
|April 01, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Family Fun Fair|
|July 23, 2016 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Vance Air Force Base - Enid, OK|
|July 22, 2016 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Sanger Public Library - Sanger, TX|
|July 22, 2016 • 10:00am - 10:45am||Melissa Public Library - Melissa, TX|
|July 21, 2016 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||White Rhino Coffee - Cedar Hill, TX|
|July 21, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center - Cedar Hill, TX|
|July 21, 2016 • 9:15am - 9:45am||Bell County Museum - Belmont, TX|
|July 20, 2016 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Bell County Museum - Belmont, TX|
|July 20, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||St. Paul's Episcopal Day School - Waco, TX|
|July 19, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||The Children's Courtyard - Austin, TX|
|June 27, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Eanes ISD Summer Blast|
|June 11, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Birthday Party|
|June 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Graduation Party|
|May 14, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||District Picnic - San Antonio, TX|
|April 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The DoSeum's First Birthday - San Antonio, TX|
|April 23, 2016 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||King William Fair - San Antonio, TX|
|April 18, 2016 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Fiesta River Parade with DoSeum - San Antonio, TX|
|April 02, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Birthday Party - Austin, TX|
|March 19, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Morgan's Wonderland|
|March 05, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Birthday Party - Helotes, TX|
|February 13, 2016||Holiday Party (Other)|
|February 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||San Antonio Museum of Art|
|January 25, 2016 • 9:00am - 10:00am||Western Day at Allen Elementary - San Antonio, TX|
|December 12, 2015 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Birthday Party - Houston, TX|
High Five Yourself!
I'm A Dragon
Gummy Bear Pancakes
All My Friends Are Robots
Amanda the Dancing Panda
Why Am I Not A Monkey?
Hip-Hop Bunny Hop
I'm A Bear Now
We're the Only Woolly Mammoths Left
The Insect Song
My Beautiful Beard
The Pony Song
Crazy Caveman Life
Raised by Penguins
|Will Parker||guitar, ukulele, harmonica, vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
They Might Be Giants, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Kimya Dawson
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Will and I have worked together for several years now. He is a delight to be around, and work with. I love working with him whether we're making music or not. Will a real class act, and a hilarious one at that. If you're looking for someone who is phenomenal with kids and adults, this man can do so in a way few people are able.