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RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2018
Dawn Mushill Recieves a Second Key to the City of Troy, Illinois
It was quite a surprise for Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Mushill, when, at her own Chamber event, she was unaware of what Mayor Adomite had up his sleeve.  “I had no idea – just doing our usual announcements and he pulled out a plaque.  He started off by saying that someone once told him that if you surround yourself with great people, then great things will happen.  That is what I always say so it peaked my interest” said Mushill.

From there, the Mayor discussed how the City and the Chamber have worked together over the years, utilizing over $600,000 in tourism funding (hotel/motel tax) since 2005 and put it all to good use.  “The relationship between the Chamber and the City has resulted in countless events and activities, most of them completely free, from movies in the Park, to the City Wide Garage Sales, to the Chamber Expos and others.  Each year, Dawn pours her time and talents into improving our community, and the City of Troy truly appreciates her leadership,” said Troy Mayor Al Adomite.


RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2013
Dawn Mushill Marks an Item Off her Bucket List- Avery Hill Band
Since she was a very young girl, Dawn Mushill has always dreamed about being in a band.  “My dad was in a band for over 35 years and I always envisioned myself on the stage” said Dawn.  Well, her number one bucket list item has now come full circle.  Dawn is the new lead singer in the Avery Hill Band.  “It was just a strange thing that happened.  Avery Hill was playing at Time Out in Troy.  I heard them say over the microphone that they were looking for a lead singer.  At break I approached the band and Shorty (leader) remembered me speaking at one of his classes.  He even remembered that singing in a band was on my bucket list.  So, I auditioned that night and was offered the job.  Actually, when we got to Time out, we had no idea a band was even playing that night” said Mushill.  “I remember coming back to the table and telling my husband ‘I think I am auditioning tonight’.”  
Mushill started in music pretty early.  Her dad was a musician as well as a music teacher.  She started playing Suzuki violin at age 3 ½ and then switched to piano at 9.  She never really got the bug to sing until karaoke became popular.  “As a public speaker, getting up in front of people just really doesn’t bother me so really, I just needed some help singing.”  She took voice lessons and worked on her songs at home.  “Being in a band is totally different than karaoke.  There are no words that come up when you are to come in and you have to know your stuff” said Mushill.
“At one point, I really thought about simply removing the bucket list item of singing in a band.  At 47, I felt that the time had passed and with my crazy schedule, there was no way I could fit in band practices, band performances and all of the individual practice that was needed” said Mushill.  But, clearly, if you have a passion for something and you really want it, there is always opportunity.  
Mushill serves as the Executive Director of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber of Commerce and also the CEO of her own company, which specializes in training and keynote speaking.  “I truly have the best of both worlds.  I have been with the Chamber of Commerce for over twelve years and have owned my own company for eleven.  The band is just one more passion to add to my life.  I encourage anyone who has a dream to work on it every single day” said Mushill.    
The Avery Hill Band has been around for twenty years.  “Every single individual in this band is a seasoned musician.  I feel like a very small fish in a very big pond but I have to say, each of them has really welcomed me.”  Mushill began singing with them three weeks ago and has set their big Troy debut for Friday, February 8 at Time Out in Troy.  “It seemed like a natural fit to debut at the same place that I auditioned” said Mushill.
The band plays a variety of music including country rock, rock and even some blues.  The band includes Shorty, Jeff, Derreck and Fish.  “I think I might need a stage name too” said Mushill.  The band has a schedule that includes local performances as well as performances throughout the Midwest.  
For a complete schedule, you can visit or if you would like to book the band, Shorty can take care of you at 978-3730.  You can also find Mushill’s bucket list on the site, where you will see that “singing in a band” has moved to the “done” column.