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Todd E. Hill
Todd E. Hill is the Director of Jazz Ensembles at Murray State University. He holds both the BMEd and MMEd degrees from MSU, and an EdD from Boise State University. He held positions in the public schools of Milan, Tennessee, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Boise State University, and University of the Cumberlands, where he served as Director of Bands before returning to his alma mater. He has been guest conductor for concert and jazz honor groups in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon and Nevada.
He leads his own well-known (The Todd Hill Quartet and Todd Hill and his Orchestra) throughout the southeast. The Orchestra’s CD Swingin’ and Singin’ Live! was released in 2007 and is presently in its second printing. He has performed with such diverse entertainers as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Gary Morris, Alex Harvey, Denise LaSalle, Mike Snider, Stella Parton, and The Moody Blues in addition to notable jazz artists Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Ron Wilkins, Jamey Aebersold, Denis DiBlasio, Buddy Childers and Rich Matteson. He has also been a featured soloist with the Paducah Symphony "Pops" Series.
Hill is included in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America.” Todd is a member of the Murray Rotary Club, and is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Murray.
A new WKMS special series will be presented in conjunction with Murray State University’s Department of Music Special Topics Course: THE SWING ERA (MUS 530) for the fall semester 2012. Many examples are highlighted in Gunther Schuller’s book – THE SWING ERA. The show will begin with the bands of the 1920s including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman, will include the popular groups of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and many less well known bands – and will conclude with the progressive jazz groups of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Boyd Raeburn and others. In all, great music from fifty eight of the most outstanding big bands will be represented during the one hour programs of the sixteen week series.