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December, 20, 2024
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM




High School Concert Band


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Spencer Hile

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The Hersey Band Symphonic Band has a strong history of excellence dating back to when the school opened in 1968. The John Hersey Band program has received countless awards and accolades throughout a colorful history, including performances, under Mr. Don Caneva and Scott Casagrande’s direction, at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, CBDNA North Central Conference, Illinois Music Education Conference, and the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. The John Hersey Symphonic Band has been accepted to perform at the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival every year since 2001, and they have also performed at the 2004 and 2007 National Concert Band Festival. In 2007-2008, the Hersey band program received the Sudler Flag of Honor given to bands of “particular national excellence” by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

John Hersey High School Symphonic Band

Conductor's Bio

Spencer Hile joined the Hersey band program in 2021. At Hersey, Mr. Hile teaches Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1, and the Marching Huskies. Mr. Hile also coordinates all aspects of the Band Program and organizes the annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival. He also is the founder and conductor of the Encore Wind Symphony which is a summer honor band composed of students from across McHenry County. Mr. Hile’s interest in music began when he was required to join the band for his freshman year at Highland Park High School by his high school band director, Dr. Jim Hile. After the kicking and screaming subsided he discovered a deep appreciation for the most important instrument… Euphonium. In 2016, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Outside of teaching and music, he is training to run his sixth marathon, watching Love is Blind, obsessing over Apple products, and questioning why he ever became a Chicago Bears fan.