Billeci was born in the Bay Area city of Pittsburg and started playing saxophone at age 10. He also learned to play piano at home and graduated from schools with musical honors.
He performed professionally during his youth and early adulthood. As an adult, he performed part-time with San Francisco area bands while working full-time for Shell Oil Co. He also built a home recording studio and recorded musical backgrounds to play saxophone over.
After 35 years with Shell, Billeci chose early retirement and moved from Antioch to Sonora, where his wife, Jill, was beginning a new job as manager of Gottschalks department store.