Musical Artist David Hillendahl’s career has spanned nearly three decades, as performer, teacher, and author.
Beginning as a private music instructor while still in high school, Mr. Hillendahl later attended Houston’s University of St.
Thomas, where he was the Music Department’s first Percussion major, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music
Performance. Just after graduation, Mr. Hillendahl was recruited to play percussion for the company of the Broadway
musical “Godspell,” which toured for nine months in venues across the United States. For the next six seasons, Mr.
Hillendahl played for Broadway productions of “Pippen,” “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” “Showboat,” “Mame,” and “The Music
Man.” on tour and in New York. Mr. Hillendahl also created original percussion scores and performed with the “Prince
Street Players” repertory troupe whose theatrical productions for children were featured nationally on PBS.
After nearly eight years of continual touring, Mr. Hillendahl relocated to Hollywood, California where he befriended
legendary drummer Buddy Rich, and continued teaching both privately and at California Lutheran College. While in
California, Mr. Hillendahl performed regionally and nationally with pianist Roger Williams, singer Maureen McGovern,
and a lengthy stint with the Coasters/Drifters at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Following his performing career, Mr. Hillendahl began using drumming as therapy in schools, hospitals, and
rehabilitation facilities across the United States. A chance encounter with the late psychiatrist and researcher Elisabeth
Kubler-Ross led to extensive research in Sound Healing work which he successfully implemented in hospice programs
around the country. With formation of the non-profit Hill-Sky Foundation in 2002, his “Drums Through the Ages”
program has been presented to individuals across Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. Mr. Hillendahl received
his Master’s Degree and certification as a Music Therapist/Sound Healer in 2000.
Also in 2000, Mr. Hillendahl taught at The Victoria College, forming the institution’s first Percussion Ensemble which
performed the world premiere of his “Beginnings,” written in 1999. In addition, he has authored the drum instruction
book “Rhythms and Fills,” marketed nationally by Pender’s Music in Denton, Texas. Mr. Hillendahl has also written
and/or arranged numerous works for piano, choir, and jazz ensemble including Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn,” and the
classic “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych. He is a long-time Clinician and Endorsed Artist for Ludwig-Musser
Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.
Master Percussionist - Recording Artist - Drum Circle Facilitator
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Nominated for Independent Music Award (2010)
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