Dennis Hunt, guitarist and composer, presently resides in Montana where he and his family have lived since 1994. He taught music at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman from 1995 to 2000, and has more recently served as worship leader at the MEA church. Previously, he taught music for a year at Tri-Cities Academy in Washington state and, from 1979 to 1993, at Sligo and John Nevins Andrews schools in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
From 1979 to 1983, he also taught guitar at Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, and, from 1983 to 1993, directed the band, orchestra, and handbell choir at Takoma Academy. While at TA, he founded a youth orchestra that grew to 53 members. They toured to Britain, Canada, New York, Boston, and Florida. He also was coordinator of the first string and instrumental festival held in the Potomac Conference.
Hunt graduated from Southern College, now Southern Adventist University, in 1976 with a B.Mus.Ed. Upon graduation he formed Mantle, a singing and instrumental group which toured throughout the U.S. and the British Isles. For nearly 20 years the group continued to perform, recording four albums, Mantle (1977), In the Case of Sister Hannah More (1981), One of a Kind (1984), and Living Portraits (1990).
In addition to being an accomplished player on guitar, Hunt also performs on the mandolin, banjo, hammered dulcimer, marimba, and drums. He has composed over 250 songs and instrumental works. He was the music director and composer of the I Have the Power video series for children, three videos that have been marketed worldwide. He also wrote I'd Love to Know for an Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency International (ADRA) project. Two recent projects were the release of Polyhymnia, a CD that features him playing and singing hymns written in the 1860s to 1890s, and Soul Mate, a tribute to his late wife, Nellie Candelaria Hunt, who had died in 2006 at the age of 48. They were recorded in 2005 and 2007, respectively.
While residing in Takoma Park, Hunt completed an M.Ed. in curriculum at the University of Maryland in 1990. He also served as minister of music at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, from 1990 to 1994.
Sources: Vitas (1994 and 2007); Sligo Church, Takoma Park, Maryland, printed program for "A Celebration of the Completed Sanctuary and Organ Renovation," 12-14 November 2004; Online information; Personal Knowledge.