Jacob Hille, 22, of Canfield is getting ready to start his senior year at the University of Oklahoma this fall. Hille is a 2011 Canfield High School graduate and is majoring in music education at OU.
Hille was a devout band member at CHS. He was in marching band all four years of high school and was in concert and symphonic band for two years.
Hille had an early interest in OU after his dad took him on a trip to the university when he was younger. His dad donated a pipe organ that he had his whole life to the music department.
Photo by Melissa Moliterno, Town Crier
Jacob Hille, 22, of Canfield, visits his old stadium last week before heading back to the University of Oklahoma to start his senior year. Hille was recently selected to be the drum major for OU's marching band this year.
During his visit, Hille fell in love with OU's campus and with the state of Oklahoma, and he knew he wanted to attend in the future.
Hille started at OU in the fall of 2011 and joined the marching band playing the tuba. Since being at OU, Hille has participated in marching band, concert band symphony, wind symphony orchestra, and Sooner Showman for basketball season.
Following two rounds of auditions and a vote by his fellow band members, Hille was selected to fill the position of a lifetime. This year, he was named the marching band's drum major.
This title makes him the student leader for over 270 marching band students. He is responsible for conducting the band during rehearsals and games and helps motivate all the members to strive for the best.
At each game, the Sooners marching banddressed head to toe in crimson and creamperforms for 85,000 fans, a large undertaking for a college student.
''I am really grateful for this opportunity. This was my third year audition for the position,'' said Hille.
Before becoming drum major, Hille held a the title as tuba squad leader sophomore year, tuba section leader junior year and outstanding tuba student in spring of 2014.
He's also the music chair of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band service fraternity, which involves organizing events for the fraternity.
''Both my parents are musicians and most of my family played tuba, so in middle school, I was thrown into that and have played ever since,'' Hille said. ''My dad owns a trucking company and started from the bottom up. I really admire what my dad does, and he has inspired me from freshman year at OU in the band to being drum major.''
Aside from music, he's been on the dean's honor roll for four semesters and the president's honor roll for one semester.
Hille left the Canfield July 23 to return to Oklahoma and teach marching tech during band camp at Edmond Memorial High School for two weeks before school starts. Marching band at OU starts the following week.
He plans to spend his senior year carrying out his drum major duties and studying for classes.
After completing a semester of student teaching, Hille will graduate in the fall of 2015. He plans to teach for a few years and then start graduate school. His dream job would be director of athletic bands at a university.