Dot Hill

When Dot Hill was a feisty little Irish girl in Waltham, Mass., she didn't want to march to any drums. She wanted to lead the parade. And for 63 years, that's what she did!


Hill gained fame as the woman who led the Waltham American Legion band through the streets of Moscow in the Soviet Union's annual May Day parade.

It was an international student--one of the most positive in recent years. The Soviets absolutely loved her and her band. Thousands of spectators broke through police guards to march along, dance, sing, and shower the Americans with flowers.


"It was probably the most moving experience I've ever had," she recalled. "We didn't even know whether to laugh or cry and we did a little bit of both. So did they. It was beautiful. My enduring hope is international understanding to end end war and spare the next generation what we have been through. That's my work. That's my cause. That's my motivation."


Dot Hill

Dot Hill leads the 65-member band of the Waltham, Mass.,
American Legion post in a rousing performance at Indianapolis' Union Station.


She and her 65-piece Waltham American Legion post band were in Indianapolis for the Legion's national convention They gave a rousing performance Monday at Union Station. She and her husband, Joseph P. Hill, organized the band in 1948. Through the years, it became an institution on the American Legion circuit. It played about 50 parades and concerts each year in the United States and abroad.