Dan Hill

Dan Hill

I was born July 9th, 1999. I started playing drums around age 11. Drums seemed like a very interesting instrument and I always thought they were awesome. So I begged my parents for a drum set for a few months. After a while of searching on craigslist, my parents bought me a “Drum Zone” kit with awful cymbals. I started off playing a lot of rock like Three Days Grace and Avenged Sevenfold. After around a year of playing I was at guitar center when an employee who worked for Kevin Prince (my current instructor), told me about him. I was interested in lessons at the time, so I asked where he was doing his lessons and how much they cost. He told me all the info about Kevin and I started taking lessons at age 12. The first lesson was fairly intimidating, but I’ve gotten to know Kevin. He told me about Soultone Cymbals and helped me become an endorsee. One day while at lessons, Kevin said his buddy Paul Lucia (from Imagine Music Instruction), wanted a drummer to help other guitarists, bassists, etc. work on some jazz and funk songs. So I went on a Tuesday night and started playing with the band that is now called Roseville Student Jazz Band (RSJB). I’ve been playing ever since I was 12, so around 2-3 years or so. Paul also introduced me to the “Pizza and Blues Band”. Basically it’s the same idea as the Jazz Band but with bluesy music in general. We also eat pizza afterwards. I’ve been playing with them for around 1-2 years now. I also played with a country singer named Taylor Cullen. We actually have footage on youtube of us recording from a while ago. We played primarily country with some soft rock music. All of these bands have taught me how to control dynamics, overplaying, timing, etc. I still take lessons with Kevin and I also still play with the Jazz and Blues bands. I used to only play rock, but know I love to play all genres, including improvising. In fact the Jazz band is mainly improvisation. I still have a HUGE passion for drums and music in general and I believe I will for the rest of my life.