Jill Petricca was born and raised in Eureka by parents who taught in the Eureka Schools system, and where her music teaching father first placed a flute in her hands at the age of eight. “My dad didn’t play flute very well, but had an enthusiasm that was hard to miss: He gave it a toot and demonstrated it from the driveway, as he didn’t have the patience to bring the instrument into the living room and play it for me there.”
Upon her graduation from Eureka High under the musical tutelage of Don Moehnke, her musical education and studies during the 1980s were in southern California at Cal. State University Northridge. There, she connected with many reputed masters of the art: Geraldine Rotella, Vic Morosco, David Shostac, Jean Pierre Rampal, Yehudi Gilad, and others. Jill’s BA in Music was rendered from Humboldt State University.
A commitment to music making has taken Jill through many experiences with concert bands, jazz bands, symphony orchestras and many chamber groups and jazz combos where her playing, improvisations, and style solidifies the musical intention of a group. Her virtuosity has been featured with the Fortuna Concert Series, Humboldt Community Chamber Concert Series, HSU Faculty Concert Series, and Eureka Symphony.
Teaching and coaching has become an integral part of her musical character, assisting many youth on their musical path through the Humboldt Music Academy since 1986.
Jill and her husband felt working with the historic Scotia Band under the direction of her friend and colleague Michael McClimon would be a remarkable music education for their two children, who were being home-schooled at the time. So in the fall of 2006 Jill brought her sax, John his cornet, and Angela her flute to their first rehearsal where Michael McClimon conducted the Star Spangled Banner. “From the first symbol crash, the kids were hooked…yay!”
Jill expressed a desire to retire from conducting in the early months of 2017, for a multitude of reasons. Once a suitable replacement was found, Jill did retire in May 2017, but now continues as a performing member of the band in the woodwind section.