News & Announcements

News and Announcements

Marquis Hill (BM 2009) Wins 2014 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition

Marquis Hill earned his undergraduate degree in music education from NIU in 2009 and is currently based in his hometown of Chicago. The Thelonious Monk Competition is among the most presitigious competitions for jazz musicians, and the award comes with a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract. 

Roosevelt Griffin (BM 2001) receives the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Roosevelt teaches Instrumental Music and is the District Band Director at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey, IL. Many of you already know his work has been transformative for his students, and his program has received many accolades and significant performance invitations. He continues to be a special guest in DeKalb, lecturing our own students and giving back to NIU.