Dr. John Hill teaches Applied Percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at Murray State University. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Butler University, then returned as a part time faculty member from 1987-1998 as the Jazz Band Director and Head of the Percussion Department. Simultaneously, he held the Jazz Band Director and Percussion Professor positions at Wabash College from 1991-2003.
Dr. Hill completed his Doctorate in Percussion Performance at Indiana University where he studied with such internationally acclaimed musicians as Gerry Carlyss and David Baker. Dr. Hill has also studied extensively with such notable percussionists as Roman Lopez (Latin Percussion), David Friedman (Jazz Vibraphone), Robert Chapel & Badal Roy (Tabla) and John Von Ohlen (Drum Set).
Dr. Hill Has performed with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and toured with pop stars Three Dog Night, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere and the Raiders, as well as, Phyllis Diller, Rich Little, Martin Mull, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond and Danny Thomas.
Dr. Hill’s jazz experiences range from the big bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa to performing with solo artists such as Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Roy Eldridge, Chuck Carter, Med Flores and Diane Shurr.
Dr. Hill has presented his research on the History and Evolution of Brushes at the Percussive Arts International Convention (2008), National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (2011) and the Hawaii University Conferences on Arts and Humanities (2012). Dr. Hill has a published jazz vibe transcription, Blues for WRVR, of jazz legend Red Norvo in the September/November issue of the Modern Percussionist, 1987.
Dr. John Hill can be frequently seen and heard performing in jazz clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the United States.