Adam D. Hill is a music educator and percussionist in the Chicagoland area. He received a B.A. in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music with an emphasis in percussion under the instruction of Kevin Lepper and Dr. Charlie Menghini. At Romeoville High School in Romeoville, Illinois, Hill is the director of percussion, assistant band director, and teaches jazz band, music technology, music theory, and guitar. Adam is also a member of the music faculty at University of St. Francis in the Music Technology program. He founded Pioneer Indoor, and is the Executive director of Pí Percussion Inc. an independent marching percussion ensemble and has lead the ensemble to multiple WGI medals as their Executive Director. Hill spent ten seasons as a member of the Chicago Bears drumline and is currently the director of the Chicago Bulls “Stampede“ Drumline. He was a member of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and spent several seasons as their percussion coordinator, caption head, and arranger. Hill placed within the top ten for snare drum solo contest in Drum Corp International, Drum Corps Midwest, and PASIC. In 2002, he placed second in the DCI snare drum solo competition. Hill received the “Dr. Rosanne Rosenthal Excellence in Teaching Award” from Vandercook College of Music, the “Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award”, and named a Pillar of the Community in Valley View School District. He has also performed at large music festivals such as Lollapalooza and North Coast Music Festival. Adam Hill is an active music arranger, judge, clinician, and performer in the midwest. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Evans, TAMA Drums, Sabian cymbals, Gon Bops Percussion, and Etymotic ear protection.
Ensemble Director - Music Designer
Steven Vonderohe is a musician, educator, and composer in the southwest suburbs of Chicago who is devoted to sharing and advancing the art of percussion music. Since receiving his Bachelors degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, he has taught percussion and piano to students ranging from Elementary school to college level. This will be Steven’s fourth year as an educator and second year composing music for Pi Percussion. He has taught many percussion ensembles in the Chicago suburbs including Romeoville High School, Minooka Community High School, and Lockport Township High School, and has even spent a summer teaching the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle corps as a Front Ensemble and Private lesson instructor . Steven is a seasoned performer, and has performed around Chicago as a freelance drum set player and percussionist for pop bands, orchestras, choirs, and has even done a season with the Chicago Bull's Stampede. He has also performed many seasons in the marching activity with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and is an active alumni of the Pi Percussion organization where he was a member from 2011-2015.
Ensemble Director - Front Ensemble Coordinator
Music Designer - Battery Arranger
Cory went to Minooka High School and spent his early performing years with their WGI group. He then went on to march Blue Stars, Pioneer Indoor, and Rhythm X. After aging out, he taught at Minooka and Shadow DBC. He spends his spare time doing arts and crafts, as well as playing disc golf. Currently, he is the percussion director at Joliet West High School.
Eddie is excited to be starting his new role on staff with Pi Percussion. He started his marching career in 2013 with the Providence Catholic Marching Band and NEXUS Indoor Percussion (2013-2015). He then went on to perform with various ensembles including, The Colt Cadets (2015-2016), Pioneer Indoor (2017-2018), Pi Percussion (2019), Chicago Bulls Stampede (2018-2021), and Legends (2018-2019). Eddie has gone on to teach different programs in the central Illinois area such as Brother Rice/Mother McAuley High Schools, Romeoville High School, A.A. Stagg High School, Minooka Indoor Percussion, and most recently The Lincoln-Way Community Marching Band. Outside of drumming, Eddie is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of St. Francis.
Micky is eager to begin his new role on staff for a second season. He started his marching career at Lincoln way North High school in 2011, went on to march colt cadets drum corps (2015-2016), pioneer indoor (2017 2018), Pi Percussion (2019). Micky has taught multiple groups in the Illinois area such as Providence Catholic High School, Stagg High School, Romeoville High School, Minooka Indoor Percussion, Lincoln-Way Indoor, and currently teaches the Lincoln-Way Community marching band.
Bass Drum Instructor
Baryl Brandt is an active percussionist and alum of Pi Percussion from the Chicagoland area. Starting in high school, he has marched with Minooka Indoor Percussion (2016-2017), Pioneer Indoor (2018), and Pi Percussion (2019-2020). In addition to marching, he has also taught a number of ensembles, including Minooka Community High School, Bloomington High School, Streator High School, and Plainfield South High School. Having recently completed his bachelor degree in both Percussion Performance and Music Business, Baryl is currently pursuing his masters degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University.
Nathaniel Parson is an aspiring music educator in the Central Illinois area.
After marching mellophone at Bloomington High School for four seasons, Nathaniel joined the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH and received immediate praise for his visual prowess. He was named the Visual Rookie of the Year award for his efforts in 2018, and quickly began teaching with Bloomington High School as Visual Caption Head. By 2019, Nathaniel had been sought out to teach, design, and choreograph with high school marching bands in several cities in the Central Illinois area including Bloomington, Normal, Eureka, Deer-Creek, Mackinaw, Stanford, and Metamora. Nathaniel’s primary Visual Instructors have been Willie Veenstra, Kevin Stahl, Samia Mooney, Aylin Vural, Jarrod Huntley, Mike Fanning, Kyle Nealy, and Jason “Paco” Nuñes.
Nathaniel is currently finishing degrees in Instrumental Music Education, French Horn Performance, and Piano Performance at Illinois State University in hopes of becoming a well-rounded educator for his future students.