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Rob Hill

Mr. Hill holds a bachelor's degree in music education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, a Master's degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, an Education Specialist degree in administrative leadership from Walden University, and has pursued additional doctoral coursework in educational leadership and administration. He has taught middle school band and orchestra, and is a former Army bandsman trumpet player who served in the 82nd Airborne Division Band in addition to his service with the 307th Forward Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC. While in the Army band, Mr. Hill was section and group leader. His responsibilities included training instrumentalists in their military occupational specialty, as well as instruction for instrumental performance in the concert band and, as a drill and ceremony marching band section leader, on the parade field. He also played the solo book for the jazz band and frequently performed with the brass quintet and jazz combo groups at many high profile functions.

Ensembles under Mr. Hill's direction consistently receive superior ratings at marching band competitions and state festival contests in all graded levels of music, where they have also been awarded multiple Grand Championships. His concert bands have competed across the country in cities such as New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, Boston, Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Toronto, and have had the prestigious honor of representing the state of North Carolina in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. His jazz bands have performed with Latin jazz Grammy award-winning artist, Dave Valentin, and his wind ensemble has performed under the direction of one of the most popular and performed composers of our generation, the world-renowned 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 as part of the National Festival of States tour.

Mr. Hill is a member of the National Association for Music Education, is the current president of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Society, and participates in music education throughout North Carolina. Mr. Hill has served as the guest director and clinician for the Southeastern District Honors Band, as well as the Brunswick, Harnett, Richmond, and Chatham County All-County Bands. He has been Moore County's high school representative for Music Performance Assessment at the state level and is a Music Education Ambassador for the United States, having served as a music representative for the first music education delegation to China in 2009. Other honors include 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.

Mr. Hill hosts the Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition at Union Pines High School which has become one of the most exciting venues for marching band competition in the state of North Carolina. A previous Teacher of the Year, he has served as an advocate for the Arts on the Teacher Advisory Council and as an advisor for the Tri-M Honorary Music Society, and has also served on the school’s PBIS committee to further enhance positive behavior intervention strategies. He has also sat on the school district's grading and graduation task forces, formed to help establish grading policies to raise graduation rates. Mr. Hill's students are consistent All-County, All-District, and All-State Band participants and have attended the North Carolina Governor's School for music. Many of his students go on to pursue music education in college, with a large percentage going on to various careers in music. His marching band students have joined many university bands and Drum Corps International in corps such as Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Spirit of Atlanta, and the Glassmen.

In addition to his duties at Union Pines High School, Mr. Hill has served as part-time faculty at Sandhills Community College and has directed the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. As a freelance trumpet player, he has performed in various backup bands for world-famous artists, including 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, Donnie Most, and Sweet Megg. He also played with the Eddie Barrett Goodman Legacy Orchestra and toured for a number of years with Orchestra Ideal, a thirteen-piece salsa band. He currently plays the solo trumpet book for the Heart of Carolina Jazz Band and has performed numerous times with 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, Sunrise Theatre, and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Mr. Hill resides in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with his wife Carole and their four sons, Nathan, Andrew, Landon, and Carson Hill.

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