Meet The Director, Mr. Jon Brill
Music Educator, Percussionist, and Composer, Jon Brill is a Reno Nevada native and is a graduate of Sparks High School. In the fall of 1993, he began his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. He studied percussion with Eric Middleton, Tony Savage, and Dr. Andrew Heglund, as well as Music Education pedagogy and Conducting with Dr. A.G McGrannahan III. In 1999, Mr. Brill earned his Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Music Education from the University of Nevada – Reno.
A central figure in the Music department at Eagle Valley Middle School since the fall of 2001, Mr. Brill has held high expectations for his students where many of them have participated in local Honor and State level honor Ensembles. Some continuing their musical pursuits at the college and professional level. His musical ensembles have received excellent and superior ratings at local area music festivals. In 2007, Mr. Brill was the recipient of the Eagle Valley Middle School Educator of the year award and in March of the same year, was awarded the Carson City Rotary teacher of the month award.
In 2017 Mr. Brill completed a Master’s degree in Music Performance, Composition. In the past 3 years, Mr. Brill has composed multiple works for Band, Orchestra, Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and for an eclectic assortment of smaller chamber groups. His composition “In the Dark Shadows of the Moon,” was featured at the 2016 new music reading session at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois. Mr. Brill currently has several pieces published through GPG music publications. As a percussionist, Mr. Brill has performed with The Reno Philharmonic, Hickman Brass Ensemble, Ruby Mountain Symphony, Reno Municipal Band, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He currently performs with the Reno Wind Symphony, teaches private percussion lessons, and has worked with various percussion student groups throughout Northern Nevada.
Mr. Brill holds membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP); Percussive Arts Society (PAS); National Association for Music Education (NAfME); Nevada Educators Association NEA; The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (ΦΚΦ); Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (ΦΜΑ); and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He lives in South Reno and in his free time, he likes to rock out on his drums, enjoys the experience of traveling traveling to the wonderful national parks in the United States, loves to run; participating in the Reno Tahoe Odyssey relay run every year, will read a good book from time to time, and most importantly, loves the company of dogs Roscoe and Thor. Mr. Brill is also an avid San Francisco Giants Baseball fan.