Michael J. Miller is a composer and arranger living in Nashville, TN. His works for concert band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles are available from Alfred Music, Carl Fischer Music, F.J.H. Music, Excelcia Music, Murphy Music, and R.W.S. Music. They regularly receive critical acclaim including J.W. Pepper and Son's Editors' Choice, Bandworld's Top 100 New Works for Band, and Highly Recommended status by the National Band Association's magazine, The Instrumentalist. Michael's music is performed nationally and abroad, including recent performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Jeju Composition Competition for Wind Ensemble, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensemble’s summer conference.
Michael is currently the brass arranger for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA. He also designs marching band and indoor winds shows for competitive pageantry ensembles across the United States through a partnership with Synced Up Designs. In 2020, he partnered with Virtual Arts, Inc. to create the groundbreaking Virtual Drum & Bugle Corps. His music for college band has been performed at the Superbowl as well as at numerous B.C.S. bowl games.
In addition to his design engagements, Michael serves as an adjudicator for Bands of America, the Florida Marching Band Coalition, the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit, the Utah Music Educators Association, the Indiana Percussion Association, and the Central States Performance Association.
Before dedicating himself to composition full time, Michael was a public-school band director. Under his leadership, the Joe E. Newsome High School band (Lithia, FL) earned the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Otto Kraushaar award, was named B.O.A. Regional Grand Champions, qualified for W.G.I. World Championships Finals, and performed in theMacy'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, he received the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions to marching bands.
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.