Mr. Creighton Miller
Mr. Miller grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina, starting piano lessons at the age of four under the tutelage of his mother. At the age of twelve, he moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he joined the school band playing trombone and euphonium. While in the seventh grade, Mr. Miller discovered his father’s 78 rpm. record collection, immediately fell in love with big band jazz, and decided right then and there to become a dance band leader.
After high school and two unsuccessful years at the University of Delaware, Mr. Miller quit school and embarked on a professional career. During this time, he performed with Livingston Taylor (brother of James Taylor), The Grass Roots, Milton Berle, Melanie, Junior Mance, Bob Hope, Canned Heat, and others. He ended up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and two strange things happened. First, at the age of twenty-five, he was offered a position teaching private lessons in a music store, and second, and the age of thirty, he was offered a job teaching band in a private school. He enjoyed teaching so much that he decided to return to college, get his education degree, and teach full-time. Mr. Miller returned to Wilmington in 1985 because the University of Delaware would allow him to resume his his studies instead of starting over, and after graduating, thanks to friends at the “Music and Arts” store (formerly “The Band Room” of Hendersonville), Mr. Miller landed the job at Beech High School and T.W. Hunter Middle School.
This is Mr. Miller’s twenty-sixth year teaching in Hendersonville. His concert bands and marching bands have received numerous Superior and First Place awards, and his jazz bands have been considered to be some of the finest high school jazz bands in the area. Mr. Miller has also enjoyed a professional career in and around Nashville. He has done recording sessions, worked at the Opryland Theme Park, been a regular in the General Jackson Showboat Orchestra, performed with Louise Mandrell, Exile, Dolly Parton, The Firehouse Five, Skeeter Davis, Dwight Yoakam, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sammy Kershaw, Trisha Yearwood, Juice Newton, and Carrie Underwood, and has recorded and performed with Shelby Lynne, including her nationally syndicated TV show, “The Road.”
Mr. Miller's hobbies include horseback riding, shooting, canoeing, and anything that has to do with the “Old West.” He regularly rides at Juro Stables in Mt. Juliet, has been a U.S. Deputy Marshall in 1880s-style train robbery reenactments, and has participated in a cattle drive at the Bar H Ranch in Clarendon, Texas, and a wild-horse drive at the Cottonwood Ranch in Wells, Nevada.
Mr. Miller feels that he has been truly blessed with having a great school, fantastic students, and a wonderful home in Tennessee. Since music has been such a pivotal influence in his life, Mr. Miller tries to share his life and musical experiences with his students and help them with the knowledge necessary for an understanding of the aesthetic value of music in performance and listening. He hopes that their enjoyment of music as an art will last throughout their lives.
Mr. Miller received a B.M.A.S degree from the University of Delaware and has taken graduate courses at the Berkelee School of Music, the University of Miami, and Tennessee Tech. He is a member of M.T.S.B.O.A., T.M.E.A., M.E.N.C., the American Federation Of Musicians, Local #257, and the N.R.A.