Michael J. Miller is a composer, conductor, and educator living in Newnan, GA. He has several publications for concert band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles available from Alfred Music, Carl Fischer Music, F.J.H. Music, and Excelcia Music. His music regularly receives critical acclaim including J.W. Pepper and Son's Editor's Choice, Band World's Best 100 New Works for Band, and Highly Recommended status by the National Band Association's magazine, The Instrumentalist. His music is performed nationally and abroad, including recent performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensemble’s summer conference in Buñol, Spain, and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s composer initiative in Vancouver, Canada.
Before dedicating himself to composition full time, Michael was a public-school band director. From 2013-2018 he served as the Director of Bands at Joe E. Newsome High School in Lithia, FL. Under his leadership, Newsome earned the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Otto Kraushaar award for straight superior ratings at all assessments, was named the 2015 Bands of America Regional Grand Champions in Newark, DE, and performed in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Before his appointment at Newsome, he was Assistant Director of Bands at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, TX, and the Director of Bands at Weeki Wachee High School in Weeki Wachee, FL. While at W.W.H.S., he was awarded the School Board of Hernando County’s Hernando H.E.R.O.E.S. Award, and the Superintendent’s Excellence Award. Additionally, in 2016 he received the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions to marching bands.
Michael designs for pageantry ensembles across the United States, and currently serves as brass arranger for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in Drum Corps International’s world class. His music for college marching band has been performed during halftime at Superbowl XLVIII, as well as during numerous B.C.S. Bowl games. Prior to joining Colts’ educational staff, he was a visual technician for the Blue Stars drum and bugle corps, a conducting drum major and trumpeter for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and played mellophone for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Michael holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Syracuse University. As a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Florida bands he guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting lessons, and was a staff member and music designer for Florida's Marching Band.
Michael is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is happily married to his wife and best friend, Vivian. When he isn’t writing music or working with a musical ensemble, he enjoys traveling the world and experiencing the food culture wherever he goes.