Colin Hill

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP CENTRE COLLEGE, CENTRAL KENTUCKY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS      

BORN IN:
Portland, OR
LIVES IN:
Lexington, KY
DRUMMING SINCE:
1996
CURRENT BAND/PROJECTS:
The Geyer-Espinoza Project, BluHill Percussion Duo, The REP Theatre Company
BIGGEST INFLUENCES:
Max Roach, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Cobb, Stave Gadd, David Garibaldi, John Bonham, Carter Beauford, Stanton Moore, Keith Carlock, Glenn Kotche.
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON:
Maidentrip Soundtrack (Documentary)
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN'T PLAY ON:
Kind of Blue
CAREER HIGHLIGHT
Sharing a stage with John Riley and Lalo Davila at the 2013 East Tennessee Day of Percussion.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
21" HH Crossover Ride

Biography

Colin Hill is the Visiting Percussion Instructor at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he teaches private lessons and directs the percussion ensemble. He also currently serves as the Director of Percussion for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras.

As an active performer and educator of classical percussion, jazz drumset, and world music, Colin performs regularly with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, BluHill Percussion Duo, Geyer-Espinosa Project, Scott Meshke Trio, XPlorium Chamber Ensemble, REP Theatre Company, and the Blue Steel Caribbean Ensemble. Other professional commitments have included the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, Bluegrass Area Jazz Association Big Band, EnVaGe Chamber Ensemble, Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, Bahama Brothers Steel Band, Dieter Rice Jazz Quartet, Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

Colin has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at numerous high schools and universities throughout the midwest as well as PAS Days of Percussion in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. He has taught, adjudicated, and written music for various high schools and middle schools and has been a faculty member for the Central Music Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium, and the University of North Texas Summer Drumline Camp.

As an artist in the international spotlight, Colin has been invited to perform showcase concerts at the Taiwanese International Band Festival, Paris Conservatory's PerKumania Percussion Festival, Boomslang New Music Festival, Percussive Arts Society's International Convention, Ecole Nationale de Musique in Alencon, France, Jazz Educator Network's Annual Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the Internation L'Ecole Municipale de Musique in Le Mans, France.

Colin received his Bachelors from the University of North Texas, Masters from Indiana University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Kentucky. His primary teachers have included Jose Aponte, Kevin Bobo, James Campbell, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Steve Houghton, Paul Rennick, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, Michael Spiro, and John Tafoya.