North Marion H.S. Music Department

J. Craig Lilly
Director of Music

J. Craig Lilly
(November 2005 - Present)

Mr. Joseph Craig Lilly was born on September 28, 1955, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Lilly attended Northland High School in Columbus and continued his education at Ohio State University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Performance (Percussion) degree & a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After graduating from The Ohio State University he attended Miami University where he received his Master of Music degree in Performance.  Mr. Lilly also worked on his Doctoral degree at Boston University and  additionally received a Director of Fine Arts Certificate from Fitchburg State University. 

Mr. Lilly has been a Professional Educator for the past 37 years. 

Prior to coming to North Marion High School, Mr. Lilly served as the Director of Bands at Preble Shawnee High School & National Trail High School in Ohio.  He was the system-wide Percussion Instructor at Dartmouth High School, Middle and 4 Elementary Schools in Massachusetts for 14 years.  He was then the Director of Bands at Martin MS and Assistant Director at East Providence High School in Rhode Island.  Mr. Lilly then became the Director of Bands at Durfee High School in Massachusetts before coming to North Marion High School.

Mr. Lilly is also a past president of the Massachusetts Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and a marimba clinician for Kori Marimbas out of Royal Oak, Michigan.

Mr. Lilly joined the NMHS staff under the leadership of Ms. Kathy Quelland, Principal on November 29, 2005 and is currently in his thirteenth year at North Marion High School.  In the past decade, Mr. Lilly has enhancedthe NMHS Music program with the addition of the Indoor Percussion & Visual Ensemble "Phantasmagoria/Phantasy" for which he has composed and arranged both music and drill.  In 2009 the NMHS Performing Arts Department welcomed the return of the chorus program under the direction of  Mr. Lilly.  Under the direction of Mr. Lilly, the NMHS Bands have received overall ratings of Excellent and Superior throughout the program.

You can contact Mr. Lilly @ (352) 671-6015 or at

NMHS Band Directors

J. Craig Lilly


Bill Pirzer


Andrew Couse


Barden Cuddington


Hugh F. Wolcott


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Current Fundraiser

Students have been given a Domino's fundraiser sheet to sell cards for pizza.  These were passed out on both Tuesday and Thursday, July 18 & 20. This fundraiser can help students pay for band camp ($100) or their fair share which is $200 for the entire year.  All money the kids raise go into their own band account at the school. Remember that you can subtract $5 for each music rehearsal you attended in July (4 total).