Dr. Ward Miller Joins Blue Stars 2015 Instructional Staff
The Blue Stars are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ward Miller as brass caption head for the 2015 season. Dr. Miller will bring his expertise and passion to the corps and join the returning guard, percussion, and visual caption heads in providing our students with an exciting, rewarding, and enjoyable season.
Dr. Ward Miller hails from Loachapoka, a small farming community near the city of Auburn, Alabama. He earned his bachelors of music education from Auburn University in 2001, where he served as webmaster, arranger, and an undergraduate teaching assistant with the Auburn University Marching Band. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with a masters in Trombone Performance. While in the Phoenix area, he served as a part time assistant and clinician with the Paradise Valley High School bands, the Mesa Community College Wind Ensemble, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra. He taught public school in Alabama for three years, with his bands receiving superior ratings in both the marching and concert arenas.In 2006 he accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Myron Welch in Band Conducting. While at Iowa, he also worked as a teaching assistant with the Hawkeye Marching Band, where he wrote, taught, and conducted multiple arrangements and halftime drills. He also conducted the Iowa University Concert Band, and earned the 2008 outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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