Council for Band Education

Band John Miller


John Miller (2016-2018)
American Fork, UT

John Miller, recently retired after 30 years as the Director of Bands at American Fork High School. Prior to coming to American Fork he taught in Idaho for 10 years. The American Fork Bands have received many honors under his direction. In recent years the marching band has performed 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 7 times. In 2010 the band was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa “Sudler Shield”. The AF Wind Symphony performed at the 2004 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and has twice performed at the Utah Music Educators State Conference. His Jazz band has twice placed runner-up at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival and placed first seven times at the Peaks Jazz Festival.

In 1999 he was selected as Teacher of The Year for the Alpine School District. He has received eight Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association  and  has received three “Outstanding Achievement” awards from the Utah Music Educators Association. In 2009 and 2016 he received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Federation of High School Activities Association for the Western States. In 2010 he was the presented with the “Ray Smith Jazz Music Educator of the Year” and in 2015 was awarded Utah Music Educator of the Year from the Utah Music Educators Association.

Holding a Masters 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, 5 years as Marching Band Chairman and has served as the Treasurer for the Utah Music Educators Association for the past 15 years. In 2012 he presented a session at the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on “Achieving Longevity as a Music Director”. He is currently the Western Division Chair for the National Band Association. In 2006 Mr. Miller became the founding director of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band. Under his direction the band has grown to over 85 members and already has an established concert series in the community.


Eastern Division Representative
Jenny Neff (2015-2018)
Collegeville, PA

North Central Division Representative
Michelle Bluford (2016-2019)

Northwest Division Representative
Stephen Pickard (2016-2020)
Puyallup, WA

Southern Division Representative
Phillip Riggs (2016-2019)
Durham, NC

Southwestern Division Representative
Mary Ellen Cavitt (2014-2018)
New Braunfels, TX

Western Division Representative
David Lesser (7/1/2017-6/30/19)
Clovis, CA

Martha O’Neill (2017-2018)

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison: Russ Sperling