After moving to Hawaii in 1998, Aaron Hill began studies at the University of Hawaii, where he came under the tutelage of classical saxophonist Todd Yukumoto and jazz multi-instrumentalist Scott Villager. During his nearly ten years Hawaii Aaron made a living as an in demand freelance saxophonist and music educator. In 2007 Aaron moved to Durham and began teaching private saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons, as well as performing with various ensembles throughout the Eastern US. In 2010 he enrolled in the Masters of Jazz Studies program at North Carolina Central University, studying privately with Brian Horton, Joey Calderazzo, and Branford Marsalis, earning a master’s degree in both Jazz Performance and Composition in 2012. In 2017 Aaron entered the DMA program at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro studying classical saxophone performance with Dr. Steven Stusek. He is currently ABD, on track to receive his Doctorate at the end of the 2020.
Aaron has performed throughout the lower 48 United States and Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, and Sweden, and has shared the stage with such notable artists as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Heath, Cyrus Chestnut, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, and Michael McDonald. He performs regularly with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Mint Julep Jazz Band, and many other North Carolina based ensembles. His recordings have been heard on television and radio nationwide, including on Sesame Street and The Discovery Channel. Aaron has held positions in the music departments of North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, and the University of North Carolina - Pembroke.