Born: January 18, 1866, near Greenmount (possibly Linnville Creek), Rockingham County, Virginia.
Died: March 23, 1931, High Point, North Carolina.
Buried: Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Hildebrand was the husband of Zona T. Wise (married 1902). His parents and other members of his family were Mennonites, but his membership was with the United Brethren Church.
He attended the public schools and Shenandoah Seminary. His mother taught him to sing as soon as he could talk, but his first regular teacher was D. M. Click.
He later studied with James Ruebush, Benjamin Unseld, P. J. Merges, George and Frederick Root, C. B. Shaw, F. H. Tubbs and others.
He began teaching singing schools in the summer while pursuing his college studies. He was elected principal of the Dayton Music School in 1894, resigning in 1899 to become Director of Music at Bridgewater College, Virginia.
He was living in Basic City, Virginia, in 1920, and in Ashby, Virginia, in 1930.
He owned the Hildebrand-Burnette music publishing firm in Waynesboro, Virginia, and helped edit several music books.