Mr. Aaron T. Hill, Sr. is a lifelong musician, beginning instrumental music classes in the 4th grade of York City Schools (PA) and has been performing music ever since then. Hill entered the U.S. Army Band Program immediately after graduating high school and completed 22-years of Active Federal Service. He retired honorably in 1997 from the Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, VA. The highlight of his military career was as an instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, VA where he served in the Rehearsal Division for members of the Army, Marine Corps and Navy Bands. After retirement, Hill performed in a multitude of musical roles before becoming a teaching professional with Hampton Roads Academy (Newport News, VA), Smithfield High School (Smithfield, VA) and Woodward Academy (College Park, GA). Hill holds a Bachelor of Music (performance) degree with a concentration in Jazz Studies and a Professional Communications Certificate from Christopher Newport University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Leadership from Troy University. “I believe when one stops learning, one starts dying. So, I always advise students to never let a day go by without learning something substantive. My greatest reward in teaching is watching my students think and explore beyond the classroom to discover greater knowledge and possibilities.” In 2012, Hill was the County-wide Teacher of the Year for Isle of Wight County Schools, VA. In 2014, Hill was Top Teacher of the Year for Coastal Virginia Magazine. And, in 2014, Hill was a semifinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educators Award. Mr. Hill is currently the Middle School Band Director at Woodward Academy where he also teaches General Music Studies.