Through the years our son Robin has displayed special musical talents that we are very proud of. From a very early age he excelled in piano, trombone, drums and bass. He played trombone in high school jazz and rock bands and later joined the Brandon University Jazz Band while still in grade 12. He played with that band until he graduated with his B. Sc. Degree. Robin even brought some members of the Brandon University Jazz Band in to provide the horn section for Bobby Curtola when we backed Bobby for a Rock Reunion show.
Robin with a high school jazz band in North Dakota (back row - third from the right)
Robin with mom and dad at a SOO'S Jam
Robin the bassist: Arena Stage ~ Under the Big Top ~ Hillman Home Studio
Robin and Family at one of our Folk Festival appearances
On stage at one of our Oktoberfest shows.
Robin and the Hillman Family in the Hillman Music Room.
Robin and four other members of the Brandon University Jazz Band
providing the horn section for the Bobby Curtola Rock Reunion Show
Letting It Slide
Photo by Colin Corneau ~ Brandon Sun ~ March 18, 2000
"Robin Hillman blows some last minute notes before taking the stage at the Centennial Auditorium
at the start of the 18th annual Brandon Jazz Festival.
Hillman was playing his trombone as part of the Brandon University Jazz Ensemble."
On stage at two arena shows
Shakin' All Over Performance at the Manitoba Museum
Robin's move to Winnipeg to work for an IT company opened another musical door. He was chosen to play drums and percussion for The Winnipeg Pops Orchestra -- a renowned 60-piece orchestra that has thrilled live audiences for over 60 years.
WINNIPEG POPS ORCHESTRA 60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT
On December 3rd, 2016, The WPO celeberated its 60th year of musical excellence!
From humble beginnings in 1956, the WPO has enjoyed over six decades of performances all across the city and province.
The orchestra performed a selection of songs ranging from Broadway medleys, showtunes, classical, big band and jazz arrangements.
For more photos of this event
see our WPO section
WINNIPEG POPS ORCHESTRA :: LYRIC
THEATRE ~ ASSINIBOINE PARK
The WPO performed a free outdoor concert on June 22, 2017. A spectacular evening of classical, pop, jazz and more.
Click to see WPO collage
Click for full-size collage
Featured in our Hillman Gig Notes Series Ch. 7
Bill and Sue-On Hillman
Copyright 2017: Bill and Sue-On Hillman