Neil Hicks has been recognized by the National Association for Music Education
for his commitment and dedication to music education and has been awarded a
Professional Achievement Award. He has distinguished himself through his service
as an officer for the IU chapter of NAfME over the past several years and has
been instrumental in the success of the organization.
Neil Hicks is a senior from Chesterton, Indiana majoring in music education at the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music. Interested in all aspects of teaching
instrumental music, Neil is pursuing a dual degree in both band and orchestra
education, as well as minors in conducting and jazz studies. His principal
saxophone teachers at IU have been Otis Murphy and Thomas Walsh, and he has
played with the IU Concert and Symphonic Bands, the Jeremy Allen Big Band, the
Steve Allee Big Band, and the Marching Hundred. Neil has also served as the
president of IU’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music
Education and is an active member of the National Band Association. He is
currently student teaching at North Central High School near Indianapolis, where
he works with each of the four concert bands and two jazz bands in the program.
In his free time, Neil enjoys cooking and reading.