William Arthur Manvell, 54, a self-employed architectural draftsman who led and played in bands in this area for many years, died of cancer Sept. 6 at Fairfax Hospital.

A lifelong area resident who lived in Woodbridge, Mr. Manvell was born and reared in Vienna, Va., where he lived for many years. He graduated from Fairfax High School and attended the University of Maryland.

He was a building construction project manager and supervisor locally for about 20 years before opening his own business as a designer of custom and subdivision homes in the Northern Virginia area in 1966.

Mr. Manvell had been active musically from the age of 13, when he formed his first band. He played the piano and other keyboard instruments.

He organized, directed and played in a "Top 40s" band known as the Dynamics, which performed for service organizations and country clubs in Virginia for a number of years.

He also was a member of the Goodtimers jazz band, which regularly performed at Shakey's restaurants in Rockville and in Annandale.

In the 1960s, he and his wife, Mary, organized and directed a variety show to celebrate Vienna's 75th anniversary.

Mr. Manvell was a former president of the Vienna Lions Club.

He served with the Navy Seabees in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, William A. Jr., and David, all of Woodbridge; three daughters, Noreen Bryant of Alexandria, Linda Bradshaw of Waterville, Me., and Lori Clark of Woodbridge; two stepsons, Gene Littlefield of Roanoke, Va., and Steve Littlefield of Arlington; his parents. William and Hilda Manvell, and a sister, Virginia Coates, all of Vienna, and four grandchildren.

The family suggested the expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.