James G. Hudson serves as director of athletic bands for the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music. His duties include coordination and direction of the Sun Devil Marching Band, Basketball Bands and the Dixie Devils Dixieland Band.
Mr. Hudson received a bachelors of music education degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and a masters of music in wind band conducting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His professional affiliations include CBDNA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, MENC, Texas Music Educators, Texas Bandmasters, Kansas Music Educators, Kansas Bandmasters, Missouri Music Educators, Missouri Bandmasters and Iowa Bandmasters. He is a very active adjudicator, drill designer and clinician, and has adjudicated for Bands of America, the University Interscholastic League (Texas), the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Jazz Championships, Inc., as well as many university sponsored festivals and contests.
He is also currently on the instructional staff for Bowl Games of America, and has assisted in the production of halftime shows for the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the Alamo Bowl, the Orange Bowl and the BC National Championship Game.
Prior to his appointment at ASU three years ago, he served for three years as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas and for eleven years as Director of Bands at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). While at the University of Kansas, he directed the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks, the Volleyball and Basketball Bands, KU Jazz Ensemble II and the University Band. He also serves as coordinator of the Midwest Music Camps. While at Southwest Texas, the Pride of the Hillcountry Marching Band performed internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France and Ireland and nationally at the 1999 Bands of America Grand National Championships. The band also performed extensively in Texas for the University Interscholastic League and Bands of America. In 1995, the “Pride” was selected to appear on the Video Express production “Best of the College Bands”.
His public school teaching experience includes one year at Harmony Community Schools in Farmington, IA and nine years at Oskaloosa Community Schools in Oskaloosa, IA. While at Oskaloosa his band received many honors and distinctions including 4 Bands of America Summer National Class A Championships, performances at the Fiesta Bowl National Pageant of Bands and Parade, 1990 State 3-A Jazz Champions and 1990 Iowa Bandmasters Honor Jazz Band.
His family includes his wife Denise, who is currently a colorguard instructor for the Sun Devil Marching Band and has been on the instructional staff at Oskaloosa High School, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Southwest Texas State University, the University of Kansas, Blue Springs High School and the Sky Ryders Winterguard. Additionally, she was co founder of the Millennia Winterguard from Texas. They have one son, Aaron, who is currently a junior history education major at ASU and alumni of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Gary W. Hill is Professor of Music and Director of Ensemble Studies at Arizona State University where he conducts numerous ensembles and teaches graduate conducting.
Prior to Hill's appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble, and conducted two professional groups: the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and newEar, a chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music. Previously, he held a similar post at East Texas State University and was Associate Director of Bands at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hill began his teaching career in Michigan where he served as Director of Bands for the West Bloomfield and Traverse City public schools.
High school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill's direction have given performances for the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the American Bandmasters Association, the International Horn Symposium, the National Flute Association, at many state conventions, and throughout North America and Europe. Performances conducted by him have consistently drawn praise from composers, performing musicians, and critics alike for their insightful, inspired, and cohesive realizations, and for their imaginative programming.
As a guest conductor and clinician, appearances in more than a dozen countries and throughout most of the United States have included performances with myriad high school honor bands, numerous college and university wind bands and orchestras, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles' conferences. Gary W. Hill is one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the wind band field; during the past twenty-five years, he has presented nearly one hundred workshops on conducting and rehearsal technique for instrumental teachers of all levels and has served as a clinician for thousands of bands and orchestras.
Hill’s current creative/research agenda includes: the use of digital technology in performance and conducting pedagogy; an exploration of biochemical reactions spawned by the musical process; and work on a monograph concerning the past, present, and future of the wind band.
Hill is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Music Educators National Conference, the Society for American Music, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, The American Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he hosted the Fiftieth Anniversary National Conference (1991) as well as the joint conferences of the North Central and Southwestern Divisions in conjunction with The Society for American Music (1998), served as president of the Southwestern Division (1989-91), and as national president (2003-05).