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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Todd Hill and two members of the MSU Jazz Orchestra talk with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the program’s new CD, Live and On the Air. They also preview a couple of songs.

Murray State Town and Gown Community Band Concert on the Quad, via Facebook

The Town & Gown Community Band Concert includes 85 members of the regional community: adults, university and high school students. The group meets for three rehearsals before presenting the concert. Dr. Todd Hill of Murray State University's Music Department and Carol Brunn from MSU's Town & Gown stop by Sounds Good to preview tonight's (June 7) concert at 7 p.m. on the quad in front of Lovett Auditorium. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Join us today for a special live lunch featuring Dr. Todd Hill and the Murray State University Jazz Combo!

Todd Hill was recently named KMEA 2016 College and University Teacher of the Year for his work with groups like the one we'll hear today. 

Watch the live stream here:

MSU Music Director Named Teacher of the Year

Feb 11, 2016
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A Murray State University music professor is 2016 College and University Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Todd Hill will receive the Kentucky Music Educators Association award at a conference in Louisville later this month.

Please note: Due to programming restrictions, this program will not be streaming online, but can be heard on an analog radio.  

Murray State’s listener supported public radio service WKMS-FM celebrates a special part of the station’s history with a recreation of The Black Cats Jump: Part Two, a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on African American big band music, originally created by the late Bobby Bryan and lovingly restored by Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch. 

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Murray State University's first crowd-sourced fundraiser ended with the successful printing of the MSU Jazz Orchestra album "Why We Can Have Nice Things," now available at the University Bookstore, featuring 13 classic tunes, including "Hope Swings Eternal," "Walkin' and Swingin'" and "Why Don't You Do Right." Director Dr. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good to preview some songs and his solo performance tomorrow for Carson Center Fridays @ 5. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray's Town & Gown Community Band and Chorus perform their 4th annual Freedom Fest concert Saturday night at 8 in Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium. Maestro Todd Hill says the free concert features a wide variety of patriot tunes and deep music from a community of performers diverse in age. He joins Mark Welch and Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of the music and other Freedom Fest events in Murray, and says the performance will be done in time for the fireworks.

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Town and Gown Community Band Concert director Maestro Todd Hill joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the program on the Murray State University quad lawn Tuesday (June 9) at 7 (inside Lovett if raining). Dr. Hill says the band of over 100 performers ranges across ages and local communities. The show is emceed by Pete Lancaster and features a special appearance by MSU President Bob Davies.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State Jazz Orchestra is working to highlight its student performers and historic year in 2014 by creating a CD recording of the songs they played at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Murray State Jazz aficionados can find more information about helping this project at Murray State's Interim Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Todd Hill stop by Sounds Good to talk to Kate Lochte about the project.

Murray State University's Department of Music and Theatre offer a big Broadway musical-live orchestra production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte met with the Department of Music's Randy Black and Todd Hill and Theatre's Chair David Balthrop to learn more abut the vocal and orchestral performances and putting the production together.