William Cockman is a 36-year old furniture designer from Sherills Ford, NC. 2012 was his first time to the Walnut Valley Festival. William came because of placing in the state competition. In addition to the banjo he also plays guitar. His hobbies include fishing and playing Gospel music with his family; you see the family plays together in a band called “The Cockman Family Band.” The 3rd Place Trophy and a Deering Eagle II Banjo by Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA will be going back to Sherills Ford, NC with him.