Danielle Hall
Class of 2012
Danielle Hall in San Francisco, California
What have you done since you graduated?:
"I attended Hofstra University on Long Island where I was an active flute player in their music department and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Music Business. I moved around a bit in the greater NYC area but have settled in Kew Gardens (Queens), NY. 

Since my senior year of college, I've worked at D'Addario, a musical instrument accessories company (most famous for their guitar strings) based on Long Island where I'm now the Coordinator for their non-profit arm, the D'Addario Foundation. In my position, I provide grants to hundreds of community-based, nonprofit music education & mentorship programs, coordinate college scholarships, and help manage a small orchestral program for students in the company's local community. On the side, I run my own private flute lesson studio, I am a volunteer teaching artist with Corona Youth Music Project, and I am a grant-writer for North Fork Country Kids Rescue. 

Aside from work, some of the highlights of these past few years were running the NYC Marathon in 2019 and traveling to Italy with my best friend and fellow 2012 Gilbert grad, Nicole Martin." 
Nicole Martin ('12) and Danielle in Florence, Italy
What do you remember from your time at Gilbert?:
"A few specific memories stand out: cheering in the crowd at basketball games (the school spirit was unmatched), traveling to Costa Rica with the Spanish department, being heavily involved in the music program & drama productions, running down to the cafeteria when Mrs. Wells cooked calzones for lunch.

Looking back broadly, I am very grateful to have gone to a “small” high school. The friend group I keep in touch with from the 2012 class is incredibly diverse in our interests. If we went to a high school with a larger student body, our paths may not have crossed. But since our class only had around 80 people, our choices of friends were fairly limited so we found each other. Although we’re scattered across the US, we chat often and always get together in-person for a catch-up brunch when we’re in town for the holidays. 

One of the memories I cherish most was having my grandmother (Janet Hall) work at school and knowing she was always just a short walk away on the 2nd floor. She is an amazing woman and I am honored to have “shared” her with many generations of students & teachers that have walked the halls. She worked at Gilbert from the time that her oldest son (my father) was a senior in high school (1974) to when her youngest grandchild (my sister) graduated in 2016. That's 42 years!"

Do you have any family members who also attended Gilbert?
"My entire family attended Gilbert! Most recently my sister Bri graduated in 2016. My mom & dad (Danise and Rick Hall) graduated in 1984 and 1975 respectively. My older sister Shannon (Hall) Emilia graduated in 1997. My cousins Jamie Barber ('12), Haley (Barber) Wheeler ('06), and Brittany Barber ('04) also attended, as well as our grandparents (Janet & Richard Hall) who graduated in 1956 and 1952 respectively."

What lessons from Gilbert did you apply to the real world?
"I wish I remembered the exact quote, but our Principal at the time (Mr. Hatch) would always tell us to go through life with goals in mind and that’s something I think about every day. With goals, I find purpose; I’m constantly setting & working towards long-term goals professionally and in my personal life, and on a smaller scale determine weekly and daily goals. If not a goal, then finding something to look forward to like a vacation or even something as simple as getting together with a friend on the weekend. 

Also, there was a sign in the band room that read, “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is unacceptable”. You would never catch me dead being late to anything."
In Central Park after running the NYC Marathon
What advice would you give current students?:
"It's okay to not be 100% sure of what you want to do with the rest of your life by the time you graduate, by the time you finish college, by the time you hit 30, or maybe ever! Enjoy the journey. Be patient, present, and try not to rush your life away."
Bri Hall ('16) and Danielle at Bryant Park in NYC