Mr. Hillius - Band and Chorus

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This has been an exciting year for me.  I have been working as the band instructor for 4 schools in the district.  This has been a challenge to take care of this many schools. However, the part that I have enjoyed has been the chance to work with the best students at all of these schools.

I will be sending out a letter to the students when they come back from the summer break with a list of expectations.  I will also post it on this page as well.

Our main goal for this past year was just to keep the band program in place at our school district. We also wanted to let everyone know that we still had a band department. The main purpose of the fall concert was to show you where we were at and what we needed to do for the rest of the year.

We did put on 14 different performances for our district this past year. At the end of the year we put on a couple of spring concerts. This was to show you the growth that the students have made since the fall of this year.
I would like to thank all of the parents and the support that they have given to make this year work out.

Thank you,

Mr. Joel Hillius

I would like to welcome you to my website. My name is Joel Hillius, Band instructor at Lattie Coor, Wildflower, Desert Star and Desert Thunder.   I have been teaching music for 34 years. I recieved my B.S Degree in Education at VCSU. I have a major in both Vocal and Instrumental Music. I have also attended school at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota.

I have been teaching in the Avondale Elementary School District for 12 years.  I have taught general music, band and choir during these years at LC, DT, DS, MA, ECF, and Wildflower.

I am originally from West Fargo, ND. Before I moved to Arizona I did teach in North Dakota and Minnesota where I taught elementary music, jr. and sr. high school choir and band. I also was asked to direct the Rotary Foreign Exchange High School Choir for the Minneapolis Region. This included students from over 40 countries that participated in this choir.

I enjoy singing and playing various instruments. I have taken many years of piano and give piano lessons. I also played the violin and participated in the West Fargo High School Chamber Orchestra. I was also accepted  in the Fargo-Moorhead Jr. Symphony Orchestra. I participated in the high school and college choirs.  I played the sousaphone, trombone and trumpet in the high school and college bands. I also sang in the college show choir and played trombone and tuba in the jazz band.

I do enjoy most sports. I played basketball, baseball and golf for West Fargo school system. I still enjoy watching all of these sports plus football. My favorite teams are the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks for baseball.  I am an avid Minnesota Viking fan but I also like the Arizona Cardinals.  I am a fan of the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics.

I have been married for 30 years. We do have two children. Our daughter is a cosmetologist in Tucson and our son is in to computer networking in Grand Forks, ND.

I am totally excited about this opportunity to be the Band Instructor for Avondale.  If you have any questions please call or email me.

Thank you,

Mr. Joel Hillius


Related Links

» http://site.beyondthenotes.com/blog/2010/01/05/top-7-reasons-why-arts-education-makes-us-smarter/
This website brings out 7 in depth reasons why arts education makes us smarter. This came out in January of 2010.