Basic Background Info
After marching the snare drum in a small local corps, Hilary Jones waited about two weeks after getting her first drum set and joining her first band, Sabotage. As a junior high student, Hilary Jones played rock & roll covers of Aerosmith, Bad Company, Van Halen, and BTO with her high school band mates. Hilary Jones joined a bass band in high school and started playing the more difficult covers of Rush, Pat Travers, and Led Zeppelin with her them. Hilary Jones firmly believes that learning to replicate the sounds of great drummers is what laid the solid foundation for her future successes as a drummer.
Hilary Jones started playing drums professionally when she was just sixteen years old. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hilary Jones joined the United States Navy band. Hilary Jones spent the first six months with the Navy studying at the Armed Forces School of Music. Hilary Jones graduated with honors before playing all musical styles in performances with the Navy for three years.
Following her discharge from the service, producer Narada Michael Walden hand picked Hilary Jones to join Girlfriends. Her experience with the band, coupled with her performances with the Navy, helped her find work with Maria Muldaur, the Mamas & the Papas, Angela Bofill, Clarence Clemmons, Pete Escovedo, and Ray Obiedo.
After relocating to Los Angeles, Hilary Jones performed with Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Scott Henderson’s Tribal Tech, Eric Marienthal, Doc Severinsen, Brazilian guitar virtuoso Badi Assad, and Robben Ford. Hilary Jones also regularly played locally with Cecilia Noel and The Wild Clams and The Delphines. Although Hilary admits that session works is more lucrative, she loves to play live performances.
In 2001, Hilary Jones released her first solo album, Soaring, where she drums and provides vocals. She made the record very quickly—sometimes the songs were written just days ahead of their recording. Hilary said, “The material almost played itself, so to speak. It was a real natural, organic experience because we just went in and played live.”
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