Zachary Hilligoss

About Me

Zachary Hilligoss is currently in his seventh year as Director of Instrumental Music at Metamora Township High School in Metamora, Illinois. He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Illinois State University with a second bachelor’s in Music Composition (2014). While at ISU he played saxophone and trumpet for the Jazz Ensembles, and saxophones for Chamber Ensembles and the Illinois State University Wind Symphony. He recently received his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019). 

Mr. Hilligoss has been with Metamora Township High School since 2015, where he teaches concert percussion, piano 1 and 2, dual credit music theory 1 and 2, dual credit aural skills 1 and 2, music technology, and wind ensemble. He is also in charge of the marching band, steel drum ensemble, recorder ensemble, national honors society, homecoming committee, faculty advisory committee, and assists with the Madrigal Brass and Jazz Ensemble. Outside of Metamora, Mr. Hilligoss plays saxophones for the Prairie Wind Ensemble, a professional wind ensemble in residence at Illinois Central College, and Alto Saxophone for the “Aftershock” duo.


  • Bachelor of Music Education (BME) – Illinois State University – December 2014

  • Bachelor of Music Composition (BMC) – Illinois State University – December 2014

  • Master of Music Education (MME) – University of Illinois – August 2019

Teaching Experience

  • Metamora Township High School

    • July 2015 to Present

  • Washington Community High School Color Guard Choreographer

    • July 2019 to Present

  • Bloomington High School Color Guard assistant

    • December 2014 to Present

Zachary Hilligoss

Contact Information
101 West Madison

Metamora, IL 61548
(309)-367-4151 (ext: 570)


  • Concert/Marching Percussion

  • Dual Credit Aural Skills I

  • Dual Credit Aural Skills II

  • Dual Credit Music Theory I

  • Dual Credit Music Theory II

  • Music Technology

  • Piano I

  • Piano II

  • Symphonic Band Assistant

  • Wind Ensemble