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Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship in contemporary arts exploration to Institute Fabrica. Hills has commissioned and premiered over 80 new works for percussion, and given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. He is the creator of Percussive Storytelling, a program that has brought classical music and storytelling to more than 50,000 children in eight countries. The Lost Bicycle, his debut solo CD of percussive stories was released in the spring of 2010 and received four national awards: a gold medal from the NAPPA Parent’s Awards, a silver medal from the Parent’s Choice Awards, a World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice award. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas, and a fellow at the OMI international artist’s colony.www.coryhills.com www.splatboombang.com