Dr. Albert Lilly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), a Master of Music degree from Jordan College/Conservatory of Music at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), and a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN). He currently is an Assistant Professor of Music, the Assistant Director and Arranger for the Marching Band, director of the brass choir, and professor of trumpet and horn at Marian University (Indianapolis, IN). He works with more than 15 high school band programs throughout the country as arranger, consultant, or program coordinator. Dr. Lilly previously worked with programs including Monrovia Schools (Monrovia, IN), the Carmel School District (Carmel, IN), and Martinsville Schools (Martinsville, IN).
As a trumpeter, Dr. Lilly serves as the principal trumpet of the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra (Avon, IN) as part of the Hendricks Symphonic Society (Avon, IN). He has also performed as a guest soloist with many wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and orchestras nationally, and served as a substitute performer with orchestras from New York to San Francisco. His trumpet work can be heard on National Public Radio, ESPN, and CBS Records in addition to his substantial commercial and jingle work for the Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Greencastle area radio and television markets. Dr. Lilly is Calendar Editor for the International Trumpet Guild and holds membership in the Indiana Bandmasters' Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Pi Lambda Theta. He has presented topics at the Indiana Music Educator’s Association Professional Development Conference on mutes and the muting of brass instruments and on designs of shows for small marching bands.
Dr. Lilly is currently an artist/clinician for the Vincent Bach Corporation, a division of the Conn/Selmer Corporation of Elkhart, IN. He offers presentations on brass instrument, assists potential customers with instrument selection and combinations of performance elements, and offers advice to those interested in Bach Brass Instruments. He also performs exclusively on Vincent Bach instruments as part of his many performances.
Dr. Lilly has been a member of the Central States Judges Association since 1996 and served as Music Caption Head from 2002 to 2016. He was named the 2004 winner of the association’s “Whatever It Takes” award, and in 2014 was inducted into the Central States Judges Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Lilly has also served as music caption consultant for the Florida Marching Band Tournament. Dr. Lilly has served as a member of the artist-faculty for the National Trumpet Competition and adjudicates state solo contest for ISSMA frequently, also serving as a member of the brass revision committee. Al currently judges for WGI in the Winds division, a winter indoor marching competition designed for full wind sections in the indoor performance area, a position he has held since the activity was founded.
Currently, Dr. Lilly lives on the family farm near Martinsville, IN with his wife Vicki and their Bichon Frisè, Josie.