Sherrick Sumner Hiscock II

1940 -

Sherrick Hiscock, an accomplished performer on clarinet, saxophone, and flute and a former member of and soloist with the United States Marine Band in Washington, has enjoyed an extensive career in music education and music merchandizing. He has taught at the University of Miami, Walla Walla College, now University, and at Elizabeth State Teachers College in North Carolina, where he was head of the music merchandizing program for eight years.

Hiscock played in the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own," in the 1960s and was featured as a clarinet soloist with that world famous group and with the orchestra at the White House. A native of Florida, he graduated from Florida State University in 1963, with a B.M.E. After his service in the Marine Band, he taught in the Dade/Palm Beach County school system as a band director from 1967 to 1973.

While there he started graduate study at the University of Miami and, beginning in 1968, also taught clarinet and saxophone at UM for two years until he graduated with an M.Mus. in 1970. From 1970 to 1973, while continuing graduate study at UM, he worked in music merchandizing, eventually serving as a manager in Sickler Music from 1972 to 1973.

Hiscock became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1972. A year later, he was invited to teach at Walla Walla College, where for the next nine years he taught clarinet, directed woodwind ensembles and served for two years as band director. He completed his DMA in 1978.

In 1982 he accepted a position at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina as Coordinator and Director of their Music Industry Program. In his eight years at ECSU, he developed a strong program in that area, and also directed the Jazz program and taught woodwinds.

During his years of study, Hiscock had taken lessons with premier teachers on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, and had performed in ensembles under direction of nationally noted conductor Frederick Fennell and the internationally noted composer Alfred Reed. His clarinet teachers included Kirby Campbell, Harold Wright, Karl Leister, Leon Russianoff, and others.

Hiscock has been an active performer throughout his career. While living in Miami, he was principal clarinetist in area orchestras and during his years at WWC, he served as principal clarinet in the Walla Walla Symphony and was featured as soloist in 1981 when he performed Aaron Copland's clarinet concerto.

He has given numerous workshops and recitals and been active in related professional organizations. A life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Hiscock served as Washington State chair of the National Association of College and Wind and Percussion Instructors, and as chair for the Northwest Regional Division of the International Clarinet Society.

Since 1990, Hiscock has resided in California where has been active as a conductor and soloist and worked in various capacities in several schools.

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Sources: National Association of Schools of Music 1976 Faculty Record Report; Vitas, 1980s and 2000s; Recital Program biographies, Personal Knowledge.