My Coauthored Article Published in this March’s “Percussive Notes”

Exciting news this morning, as an article I coauthored with Dr. Luis Rivera and Professor Matt Greenwood has been published in the March issue of Percussive Notes! Percussive Notes is the peer-reviewed journal of the Percussive Arts Society, the world’s association for percussion performers and educators. The article, entitled “A Modern Percussion Edition of Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde,” provides a new, more easily-readable edition of the percussion parts for Milhaud’s landmark, and pioneering work. In addition, the article also provides detailed diagrams for the multi-percussion set-up, information on equipment choice, and interpretation of the marked French language score. I’m grateful to my colleagues Matt and Luis, the Percussive Arts Society, and to the firm of Durand-Salabert-Eschig for permission to publish this edition to be enjoyed by percussionists for generations to come. Members of PAS can access the article online, while those who subscribe to Percussive Notes should receive their copy of the March issue shortly.

Author: Dr. Ward Miller

Ward Miller hails from Loachapoka, a small farming community near the city of Auburn, Alabama. He earned his bachelors of music education from Auburn University in 2001, where he served as webmaster, arranger, and an undergraduate teaching assistant with the Auburn University Marching Band. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with a masters in Trombone Performance. While in the Phoenix area, he served as a part time assistant and clinician with the Paradise Valley High School bands, the Mesa Community College Wind Ensemble, and the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra. He taught public school in Alabama for three years, serving as Director of Bands at Andalusia High School and at Pleasant Grove High School. In 2006 he accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Myron Welch in Band Conducting. While at Iowa, he also worked as a teaching assistant with the Hawkeye Marching Band, where he wrote, taught, and conducted multiple arrangements and halftime drills. He also conducted the Iowa University Concert Band, and earned the 2008 outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Miller graduated in 2011 from the University of Iowa with his D.M.A. in Band Conducting. Since 2014, Dr. Miller has been the Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he spends his time arranging and composing, and working as a music education consultant.