DR. QUINCY C. HILLIARD SHARES MUSICAL HERITAGE WITH BAND PROGRAM OF SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS
DR. HILLIARD LEADS BANDS IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS
DR. QUINCY C. HILLIARD SHARES MUSICAL HERITAGE WITH BAND PROGRAM OF SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS The band students of the Sumter County School System had a special visitor this past week. Dr. Quincy C. Hilliard is a world-renowned composer of band literature and serves as the composer in residence at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has more than 100 selections of band literature in print from more than five different publishers and published articles in research journals and conducted bands and orchestras internationally. He was chosen to compose music for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
On Tuesday, February 27, Dr. Hilliard spent the day with the students of Sumter County Middle School, where he served as the keynote speaker for the Black History Program and was the Guest Conductor of the SCMS Symphonic Band. After the program, Dr. Hilliard worked extensively with the SCMS Band on a selection that the band is playing that Dr. Hilliard composed. "It was an awesome opportunity for our students to work with the person that actually wrote the music," said Mallory, "and was an opportunity that many students never get. Our students got the opportunity and will be better musicians because of it."
Dr. Hilliard stayed over to in Sumter County to work with the students from Staley Middle on Wednesday and with students at Americus Sumter High North and South on Friday.