Airman First Class Charles Hilton joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in August 2017. He currently performs on tuba with the Concert Band, Stellar Brass, and the Marching Band.
A1C Hilton is a native of Northwest Arkansas. While in the area, he served as principal tuba of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in chamber ensembles with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Opera Fayetteville. In 2013, he competed at the South Central Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, where he was a finalist in the Solo Artist competition, and winner of the Orchestral Excerpt competition. In 2017, he was named the winner of both the Illinois State University School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as the Band Concerto Competition, and performed solo tuba works with both the symphony orchestra and the wind symphony.
A1C Hilton attended Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arkansas, and a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University. His primary teachers include Benjamin Pierce and Andrew Rummel.
2015 – Bachelor of Music, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
2017 – Master of Music, Illinois State University, Normal, IL