The Hill Brothers are a lively ensemble group that uses participatory, ‘toe-tapping’ musical performance to teach young students literacy skills and character development. Two or more members are present at Young Audiences of Western New York programming. The Hills Brothers have been performing for Young Audiences of Western New York since 1977.

Group members are Jerry Raven, Judd Sunshine, Dave Ruch and Susan Rozler. Raven plays a 12-string guitar, and he has performed in popular venues – including television and concert appearances – and in many regional schools. Sunshine is a self-taught musician with an energetic performance style, specializing in bluegrass and old time music. Ruch has played many instruments with local and nationally known artists for over 20 years, and he is now a full-time arts-in-education professional. Susan Rozler, the newest “Hill Brother”, a.k.a. “Sister Susie Hill”, has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years. A singer-songwriter, Susan plays many instruments and teaches music. Together, these musicians get young students moving and thinking about who they are and who they want to be.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Music

Programs

The Math & Science Show

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Leave it to the Hill Brothers to come up with a whole new approach to getting kids excited about learning!
This brand-new celebration is just in time, with new songs and activities focusing on the relationship of math and science in our daily lives (“what does it have to do with me?”), math and science as a pathway to achievement (your students will love the “Inventors Rock” boogie), fun-filled adventures through mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.), and the importance of learning your facts cold (it makes everything else easier …. duh!).
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Bullying Show

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The Hill Brothers have synthesized current research and hours of discussions with school counselors into this uplifting musical performance. Using song, humor and a clear anti-bullying message, the artists empower students with the chant, "There' s No Place For Bullies In Our School!" Techniques for responding to bullies, as a victim and as a bystander, are emphasized.

 
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-8
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

New York State and the Erie Canal

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This program focuses on music and folklore from New York State' s history, with a special emphasis on the Erie Canal. The Hill Brothers use humor, enjoyable period songs, and lots of audience participation to lead students on a fun-filled musical trip across the State.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-8
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Early Childhood Show

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For the youngest audiences, this special thirty-minute program uses singing, clapping, entertaining skits and interactive stories to engage students, while also imparting lessons on how to be a respectful audience.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-2
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Folk and Americana Music

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Songs, folklore and humor from the Appalachian Mountains provide students with a rich taste of their American heritage. Featuring traditional and "homemade" instruments, including spoons, washboard, string bass, mandolin, dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and the ever-popular washtub bass, the show invites laughter, clapping and singing along to great old American folk songs.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-8
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Character Education Show

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A fun-filled, entertaining concert emphasizing the value of respect and responsibility. Using original songs, interactive dialogue, full-tilt humor and student activities, the artists demonstrate that Good Character is Cool!
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Celebrate Reading

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High-energy assembly program designed to raise student enthusiasm for reading. Using singable, original rock & roll songs (and a disco tune!) the artists deliver a clear message that reading is not only fun and accessible to everyone, but also helps us embark on new adventures!
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00

Be Drug Free and Make Healthy Choices

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This inclusive performance entertains while imparting the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding drugs. With catchy songs and fun, interactive activities, the Hill Brothers provide friendly advice and get the kids moving at the same time.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$645.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$780.00