Sunday, January 8, 2017

Holyoke Council for Human Understanding Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

The Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding presents the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Dr. Willie Hill
When: Friday, January 13, 2017
Where: Slainte Restaurant, 80 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke
Time: 8:00 am

HOLYOKE - The Greater Holyoke Council for Human Understanding would like to invite the public to join in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast. The event will be held at Slainte Restaurant in Holyoke at 8:00 am with a ticket price of $15 at the door.

The breakfast aims to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by featuring a guest speaker who has done extraordinary work.

The guest speaker this year will be Professor Willie Hill who is the Director of the Fine Arts Center and a Professor in Music Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst . He is a member of the national board of directors for Young Audiences Arts for Learning, Inc. and a trustee for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Hill was the past-president of various organizations including The National Association for Music Education, the International Association for Jazz Education, the Colorado Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

His professional activities in the Denver/Metro area included the following: a former member of the Denver Broncos Jazz Ensemble, a regular performer at the Denver Auditorium Theater, Paramount Theater, Boettcher Concert Hall and a variety of nightclubs; guest soloist with the Garden City Community College, Hastings College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Denver Jazz Ensembles; a freelance performer with George Burns, Liza Minneli, Lena Horn, Lou Rawls, Ben Vareen, Lola Falana, Johnny Mathis,Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Jon Faddis, and many others. As a woodwind specialist, he has been a faculty member of the Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camp; Founder and Co-Director of the Rich Matteson-Telluride Jazz Academy, and Founder of the Mile High Jazz Camp in Boulder, CO. The Colorado Clarinet Choir was chosen to represent the United States in London, England at the International Clarinet Symposium and Dr. Hill was a member of that touring organization. His conducting experiences include numerous Citywide Honor performances, All-State Jazz Ensembles, All-County Bands, Musical Director at The Schwayder and Bonfils Theaters.

He and his wife Beverly reside in Amherst and have one adult son who is also a musician.

There will also be a musical performance by the Holyoke High School Madrigals directed by Mark Todd.

For more information, please contact the Council for Human Understanding at

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