John Hix was born in Aurora in 1924 and was drafted into the Army out of East Aurora High School, fighting in Europe in World War II.
After he returned from the war he married his wife, Eileen, in 1946 and started teaching music out of his garage during evenings and weekends in 1947. After a stint in California, Hix and his wife returned to Aurora in 1955 to focus on teaching music and opening a retail store.
John and Eileen retired in 1996 and their three sons bought the business and renamed it Hix Brothers Music. This pic is of a case that is a tribute to John, who passed away in 2012. It includes music, photographs, and an amazing custom guitar. From contributing the cost of tuition for the new students attending St. Nicholas Catholic Church rectory to providing lessons to children and senior citizens, John and Eileen changed the face of Aurora, Illinois, traditions that continues with their sons who have taken one man teaching students in his garage, to a Fox Valley institution that includes 11 teaching studios, a guitar repair shop, amplifier repair, recording and rehearsals studios, Ukulele clubs, and one REALLY kick-ass marching guitar band.
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