About Francis Hill
Get to know Francis Hill
After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Pedagogy on Saxophone, Frank taught grades 5 – 12 instrumental music for 2 years and conducted pit orchestras for South Pacific and A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum.
After a year spent in the sales world, Frank enlisted in the US Army as an Army musician. During his two year duty in New Jersey he was awarded the Samuel Barber award for composition for 2 consecutive years. While stationed in Germany, Frank performed with the 9‘th German Airborne Band and The Stuttgart Polizei Band in 3 different countries. He also played for the 35’th anniversary of D Day in France and Belgium. He returned to New Jersey and was subsequently sent In Korea in 1988 as a member of the 8’th US Army Band supporting the 24’th Olympics. Frank performed over 25 combo gigs in support of the 24’th Olympiad and marched in the Pre-Olympic Parade – a distance of over 14 miles. After returning to New Jersey He retired as a Sergeant First Class in 1992. Since then Frank has played in 2 community bands and 3 different churches in New Jersey, Florida and South Carolina. In South Carolina Frank teamed up with a local pianist to perform at the WIX television Sounds of the Season for 3 years and has performed at local senior residences In the Midlands, the Pee Dee region and the Lowlands.
Frank currently is a member of the Lexington Baptist Church Orchestra, performing on Alto &Tenor Sax in addition to Soprano and Bass Clarinet. He has also performed with a local pianist for Christmas Eve pre-service music.