Union Pines High School Bands
Robert Hill, director
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Arneson River Theatre, La Villita
418 Villita Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 (map)
K.L. King | Miss Liberty
Ed Huckeby | Equinox
Fred J. Allen | Quest of the Knights
K.L. King | Allied Honor
Hugh M. Stuart | Three Scottish Songs
Elliot Del Borgo | Sailing Songs
Edwin Franko Goldman, arr. Loras J. Schissel | Chimes of Liberty
W. Francis McBeth | This Land of El Dorado
James Barnes | Impressions of Japan
Robert Sheldon | Patriotic Snippets
John Williams, arr. Michael Sweeney | Hymn to the Fallen
Arr. Steve Menendez and Tom Bernett | Ongaku
Charles Cronham | Viking Victory
About the Artists…
The Union Pines Band program consists of 140 students, accounting for more than 13 percent of the student body. Union Pines High School is located in the small town of Cameron, North Carolina. Due to the large band program, the groups are competitive in the largest ensemble divisions (4A and 5A).
During the fall semester, the marching band competes regularly, and has brought much prestige to the school through its superior performance quality. During the fall semester, the jazz band performs many high profile events with famous artists and acts. In the spring semester, the marching and jazz bands break into three concert bands: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. All bands compete at state level contest each year and have received excellent and superior ratings. They are a great asset to the school and the community, and can be seen at many events in Moore County, including the Fourth of July parade in Carthage, the Carthage and Southern Pines holiday parades, the Carthage Veterans Memorial Service, the Carthage Buggy Festival, and Military Child Appreciation Day. Their mission is to bring joy to their audiences through their talent of music and marching.
The Union Pines Bands have consistently received superior and excellent ratings outside of North Carolina at contests in New York City, Orlando, Washington D.C., Chicago, and most recently in Boston, and the Wind Ensemble has repeatedly placed first in its division. In Chicago, the Wind Ensemble took honors for highest overall score of the competition and was awarded the prestigious William D. Revelli Concert Band Award. The concert bands has received additional awards for outstanding soloists. As a result of these recognitions, the Union Pines High Band is regarded as one of the top bands in the Southeastern District and in the state of North Carolina. Also, many of the Union Pines Band students annually participate in the All-County Band, the All-District Band, the All-State Band, and Governor’s School.
Rob Hill, director
Rob Hill is director of bands at Union Pines High School and director of the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.
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, N.C. While in the Army band, Mr. Hill was section and group leader, responsible for training instrumentalists in their military occupational specialty. This included instruction for instrumental performance in the concert band as well as drill and ceremony marching band. 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 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 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, and have taken many grand championships. His bands have competed across the country in cities such as New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, Boston, and Chicago, and have represented 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 Grammy Award winner, Eric Whitacre. Most recently, the Union Pines Band has been invited to perform at the National Festival of States in San Antonio, Texas. His 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 Drum Corps International.
Mr. Hill has served as the Southeastern District Honors Band guest clinician and as the district’s high school representative for Music Performance Assessment at the state level. He is also a Music Education Ambassador for the United States, and was part of the first music education delegation to China in 2009. He is currently the Tri-M Honorary Music Society adviser for Union Pines High School and sits on the school district’s graduation task force, formed recently to help raise graduation rates. He was recently nominated and named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hill 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 also a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Mr. Hill is also a freelance trumpet player and has performed in various 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 Lazurus, and Dave Valentin. He played and toured for a number of years with Orquesta Ideal, a 13 piece salsa band. He is currently part-time faculty at Sandhills Community College and is playing lead book and solo trumpet books for the Heart of Carolina Jazz Band, the Eddie Barrett Big 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 including 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.