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Category: Isaac Hill
Hello! My name is Isaac Hill and I am a rising senior at Eagleville High School in Eagleville, Tennessee. I play saxophone (bari, tenor, and alto) in marching, jazz, and concerts bands and I will be one of two Drum Majors this year. I also sing Bass II in choir. After high school graduation, I plan to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. Obtaining my pilot’s license and helping to design and build spacecraft for exploration are two of my career goals. When I am not playing in an ensemble or singing, I enjoy racing sailboats, riding horses, and playing golf. I really appreciate this opportunity and thanks again to the FMA, the Program Sponsors, and my band and choir directors, Chris Crumley and Candace Adams, for making it possible.
Isaac has selected Murfreesboro Aviation at Murfreesboro Airport in Tennessee.
Murfreesboro Aviation is proud to be a part of the Flying Musicians Associations quest to Inspire, Educate, and Encourage! We look forward to taking to the skies with Isaac as one of Tennessee’s newest pilots! The motto of Murfreesboro Aviation is “Up Here, It’s About Trust!” Murfreesboro aviation is honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to teach Isaac to fly in a responsible and safe manner.
Murfreesboro Aviation is the busiest privately-owned flight school in the state of Tennessee, owned by Jim Gardner. In the past 4 years Murfreesboro Aviation has grown from a flight school to a maintenance and repair center, Cessna Authorized Service Center, FAA-Certificated Part 145 Maintenance Facility, avionics repair and installation facility, aircraft brokerage and acquisition services company, and FAA-Certificated part 135 charter operator.
Back at Murfreesboro Aviation today for ground school training with Tanner Quigley. It was great to be back after a break for band camp and a summer class at MTSU.
Today, we covered weight and balance, center of gravity, different engine types, and engine components. I found the different fuel delivery systems very interesting. My next scheduled lesson is Saturday. More later!
The last two weeks have been dedicated to marching band camp. Everyone has been working hard and I can’t wait to put our show on the field. I’ll be back in the air next week at Murfreesboro Aviation to continue my lessons.
Last Thursday and Friday, I attended the Summer NAMM (National Assn. of Music Merchants) show in Nashville. While there, I met John Zapp and FMA Ambassador, Gary Piper. Thank you both for showing me around and for allowing me to attend.
NAMM was awesome! It felt like I was in the world’s largest music store. I must have played 20 saxophones, tried out new reeds, and different mouthpieces.
As for flying, I have now logged 4.6 hours. I’m learning more about aerodynamics, operational systems, and FAA regulations. Tomorrow we are supposed to work on stalls and slow flight.
I was scheduled to begin my lessons at Murfreesboro Aviation this morning at 10:00 a.m., however, we had to cancel due to bad weather. So, instead, my dad and I went to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, TN. It is a very cool place.
Had a great time this week at the NJW Jazz Camp which concluded today with ensemble performances. Our ensemble’s instructor was Roy Agee, a fantastic trombone player from Nashville who has toured with many greats, including Prince!
I was also excited to receive an email from Jay Mason an FMA member, fellow Bari player, and member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. He was in Prague when he reached out. I am a huge fan of the Phat Band. If you have never heard them play, you should check them out. Very cool.
I started the Sporty’s online course this week and hope to start my lessons at Murfreesboro Aviation after the holiday. I also start taking a summer college class at MTSU on July 10.
This week I switched gears from flying to playing. I’m playing bari sax at the NJW Jazz Camp at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music. We are learning about different jazz forms and chord structures and learning several new head charts, which we will perform Friday night. I also made contact with with Blake Tumbleson at Murfreesboro Aviation to thank him for their support of FMA and the generous donation of flight training time. I plan to start next week. I’m really looking forward to it.
Also, Aaron, William, Courtney and I have decided to come up with a song we can all learn and record via YouTube and in person if we have a chance to meet in person one day. We welcome any suggestions for violin or electric violin, clarinet, sax, and guitar or trumpet.