Rob Hill is director of bands at Union Pines High School and also the director of the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and a master's degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Currently, Mr. Hill is working on his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Walden University.
He has also taught middle school band and orchestra, and is a former Army bandsman trumpet player, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, NC. While in the Army band, Mr. Hill was section and group leader, responsible for training instrumentalists in their military occupational specialty, which included instruction for instrumental performance in the concert band as well as on the parade field as a drill and ceremony marching band section leader. Also, while in the Army band, Mr. Hill played the solo book for the jazz band and performed frequently with the brass quintet and jazz combo groups at many high profile functions. Mr. Hill has received the Fiesta-Val Award of Distinction for his notable contribution to musical excellence, and the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award of Distinction for top ensemble, overall, in competition in Chicago. In addition, his ensembles have consistently received superior ratings at numerous marching band competitions and state festival contests in all graded levels of music, where they have also taken many Grand Championships. His concert bands have also competed across the country in cities such as New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and have represented the state of North Carolina in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C, a very prestigious honor. His jazz bands have performed with Latin jazz Grammy award winning artist, Dave Valentin, and his wind ensemble has performed under the direction of world renowned and one of the most popular and performed composers of our generation, Eric Whitacre, also a Grammy award winner.
The Union Pines Band has also been the state’s representative for North Carolina Bands and has performed in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and San Antonio, Texas as part of the National Festival of States tour, another very prestigious honor. Mr. Hill’s students consistently make the All-County, All-District, and All-State Bands, and the North Carolina Governor’s School for music. Many go on to pursue music in college, and a large percentage of those students go on to various careers in music. Many of his students also march in university bands and have also marched Drum Corps International in corps such as Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Spirit of Atlanta, and the Glassmen.
Mr. Hill has served as the guest director and clinician for the Southeastern District Honors Band, and the Brunswick and Harnett County All-County Bands. He has also been the district's high school representative for Music Performance Assessment at the state level, and is also a Music Education Ambassador for the United States, having served as a music representative for the first music education delegation to China in 2009. He is currently the Tri-M Honorary Music Society advisor for Union Pines High School and has sat on the school district’s grading and graduation task forces, formed to help establish grading policies to raise graduation rates. He currently is on the Teacher Advisory Council at Union Pines High School as an advocate for the Arts. He also was nominated and named Teacher of the Year for Union Pines High School.
Mr. Hill also hosts the Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition at Union Pines High School. This event has become one of the most exciting venues for marching band competition in the state of North Carolina.
Mr. Hill is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and is also a freelance trumpet player and has performed in various back-up bands for a number of world famous artists which include Stanley Jordan, Bobby Shew, Harry Watters, Jamey Aebersold, Michael Berkowitz, Joe Chambers, Valery Ponomarev, T.K. Blue, Gary Brunotte, Charles Lazarus, Dave Valentin, Marlene Ver Planck, Virginia Mayhew, Ron Carter, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Houston Pearson, and many other renowned professionals. He also played with the Eddie Barrett Goodman Legacy Orchestra, and toured for a number of years with Orchesta Ideal, a thirteen piece salsa band. He is currently part time faculty at Sandhills Community College and is playing the lead book and solo trumpet books for the Heart of Carolina Jazz Band, the Gregg Gelb Swing Band/Latin Band, and the Tom Bernett Swing Street Band. Mr. Hill also is a member of the Moore Brass Quintet and plays the trumpet frequently for many local community events to include performances by the Moore County Choral Society, Moore On Stage, the Temple Theatre and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre.
Mr. Hill resides in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with his wife Carole and their four young sons, Nathan, Andrew, Landon, and Carson Hill.