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Gerry Miller

Gerry Miller

gmiller@coppellisd.com

From Stonemason to Sculptor: Blend, Shape, and Direction

Clinic Synopsis:

The clinic will address rehearsal practices as they relate to balance and blend, note shape, and line direction in the ensemble. Adjudication models for ensembles ask our students to perform with the appropriate musical style, and to be sensitive to musical phrasing, shaping, and direction. This clinic will highlight measurable and observable rehearsal practices which can bring these vital aspects to fruition in a wide variety of ensembles and ability levels.

Gerry Miller - Biographical Information

Mr. Miller serves as Coordinator of Fine Arts for Coppell ISD, a post he has held since 2020. He previously served as the Director of Bands at Coppell HS from 2016 until 2021. Under his leadership, the Coppell Band was recognized as a UIL 6A State Marching Band Finalist, a BOA Regional and Super Regional Finalist and Medalist, as well as a TMEA 6A State Honor Band Finalist. Mr. Miller currently serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International, judging DCI Championships for the first time in 2019. He has presented at both the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention (2019) and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (2020 and 2021). He is the Marching Band Vice President of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, having previously acted as a member of the Ad-Hoc Marching Band Adjudication Study Committee. Additionally, Mr. Miller led TMEA's efforts to reform the Honor Band Process in 2019. He is currently an at-large member of the UIL Marching Band Rules Committee. In 2017, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. Mr. Miller received his Bachelors of Music Education at Loyola University - New Orleans. His primary teachers include Dr. Joseph G. Hebert and Col. John R. Bourgeois (conducting), Prof. Sue Loegering Daves (bassoon), and Prof. John Reeks (clarinet). Mr. Miller and his wife Lori live in Frisco, Texas with their sons Gerry (tuba) and Benjamin (bassoon).

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