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John Miller

Adjunct Faculty
Music Education Division


John Miller, retired as the Director of Bands at American Fork High School where he taught for 30 years. He also taught Band for 10 years in Idaho. The American Fork Bands have received many honors under his direction including performing in the Fiesta bowl, twice in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, twice in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a finalist and six times Semi-finalist at the Bands of America National Marching Band Championships, the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC and has placed first in the Bands of America Western Regionals 9 times. In 2010 the band was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa “Sudler Shield”. The AF Wind Symphony has performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, performed twice at the UMEA State Conference and received consistent Superior ratings at Region and State Festivals. His Jazz band twice placed runner-up at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and placed first seven times at the Peaks Jazz Festival.
Mr. Miller was selected as Teacher of The Year for the Alpine School District, has received ten Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association and twice was a recipient of the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Federation of High School Activities Association for the Western States. He is a recipient of the Sorenson “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education” Award, the National Band Associations National Blue Ribbon Award for a complete and balanced long-term Band Program and received the Band Worlds “Legion of Honor”. Mr. Miller was a staff member for the 2020 BOA Honor Band performing in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. In 2017 Mr. Miller was inducted into the Music for All “Hall of Fame” and in 2020 he was inducted into the Utah Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Holding a Master’s degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University, he is the past Band Vice-President of the Utah Music Educators, served 10 years as chairman of the Utah All-State Band, 6 years as Marching Band Chairman and has served as the Treasurer for the Utah Music Educators Association for the past 17 years. He currently is an Adjunct Instructor at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, working in Music Education, serves as the Western Regional Chair of the National Band Association, Board Member and past chair of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Band Council, Marching Band Chait and Competition Coordinator for UMEA and Executive Director of the Western Regional “Music for All” Concert Band Festival. He is currently Vice-President of Education for “Connect Through Music”. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States. He has presented sessions at the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on “Achieving Longevity as a Music Director” a “Marching Roundtable” as well as several sessions at UMEA and other state conferences. In 2006 Mr. Miller became the founding director of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band. In 2017 he started the Wasatch Show Band, a jazz rock big band with 4 front singers, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Wasatch Music Alliance. He is the past Director of the Nauvoo Brass Band for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mr. Miller believes strongly in the development of student leaders and the growth of the students in all areas of their lives including their musical development and believes that every student should experience the joy of music performance.

Honors and Awards

  • Hall of Fame, Utah Music Educators Association (2020 - Present)
  • Hall of Fame, Music for All (2010 - Present)
  • Sudler Shield, National Band Association (2010 - Present)


  • National Band Association (1990 - Present)
  • National Association for Music Educators (1977 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Member, National Association for Music Educators (2018 - Present)

Courses Taught