- Lecturer, Steel Drum Percussion
Candice Hill is a percussionist and steel pan performer, educator, clinician, composer and adjudicator. Candice received her Master of Music Performance, Steel Pan, from Northern Illinois University, and Bachelor of Music Performance, Percussion, from Missouri State University.
Candice has practiced and performed music since she was a young child, growing up in Missouri with her parents and brother. She has studied percussion under Dr. Scott Cameron, as well as steel pan with the legendary pan builder and innovator, Cliff Alexis. She studied performance on steel pan with Liam Teague, and has traveled to Trinidad to perform in the largest steel band competition in the world, Panorama, with Skiffle Bunch steel band.
Other notable performances include features as a guest artist with Mission Vista steel band in California, Quincy University Percussion camp, Quincy Park Band, Quincy Symphony Chorus, Mineral Area Community College, Staley high school jazz band, as well as many Kansas City area middle and high school choirs. She formed The Candice Hill Band, a performing group that highlights the steel pan with other traditional instruments, and regularly plays drums and other percussion for local bands, musical pits, churches and more. Candice also spent several years playing snare in the KC Chiefs Rumble Drumline, and was the first woman to perform in the group.
As an educator, Candice has spent over a decade teaching drumline and concert percussion for the North Kansas City School district as a percussion specialist, and has given clinics for other area school districts, including Shawnee Mission, Raytown, and Desoto. She formerly held the position of Director of Athletic Band and World Music Lecturer at Avila University. She has an active private lesson studio for students studying all areas of percussion, and adjudicates multiple auditions and performances for drumline and Missouri High School Activities Association events every year.