In Memorium: C. Roland Hill, Piccolo (1928-2016)

C. Roland Hill (1928-2016) is a retired businessman. He is a member of the Bloomington/Normal Community Band from which the 33rd originated. As one of the early members of the 33rd, he played an Albert System clarinet and later acquired a “Simple System” clarinet c. 1840. In recent years he switched to the D flat piccolo.

He grew up in Raton, New Mexico, and came to Illinois as a Senior in High School. Without any formal music lessons as a boy, he learned to play the clarinet and saxophone. Upon retiring, he learned to play the flute and piccolo. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, Roland entered the Army, married his lady, Marie Ann, and then was sent to Korea. Upon his return home, he started out in the hotel business and then expanded into coin laundries. He and Marie Ann have been married since December 1951 and have raised a son and two daughters. Their family now includes eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They have enjoyed many years of travel including all 50 states and all of the seven continents.

Roland still spends many hours playing in dance bands, combos, sax quartets, and flute choirs. He especially enjoys the camaraderie and professionalism of the 33rd. He has always said, “I expect to make music as long as I live.”  Sadly, we lost Rollie, the 15th of April 2016.

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