It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our longtime Director Emeritus Thomas F. Hill. Tom was the longest serving director of the Bay Village Community Band, having started in 1978 and served until the early 2000s. A proud U.S. Army veteran, he taught thousands of students as instrumental and choral music teacher in the Westlake City Schools, and then went on to work for the Lutheran Schools to teach more instrumental music.
Tom never stopped trying to preach the gospel of musical fundamentals wherever he went, and his unique abbreviated forms of speech, genuine concern for the well-being of those in his charge, and his commitment to always improving the music were distinguishing characteristics that endeared him to his many students. He will be greatly missed.