Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 308
Director, The Golden Eagle Marching Band
D.M.A. The University of Southern Mississippi; M.M.E. The University of Southern Mississippi; B.M.E. Winthrop University
Eric L. Harris is Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University where he is director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, conducts the university Concert Band, and teaches classes in instrumental music education and music appreciation. Prior to his appointment at TTU, he taught for twelve years in the public schools of Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, his middle and high school bands earned numerous superior ratings in concert and marching events across the state. In 1997, Dr. Harris was honored as one of twelve Time-Warner Star Teachers selected from over 6,000 instructional staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Dr. Harris is a member of the American School Band Director’s Association and has enjoyed teaching, conducting, and judging invitations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Mississippi. Other professional affiliations include NAfME, CBDNA, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. He is the author of Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Wind Band Student – a three-volume music theory workbook series published by NorthLand Music Publishers. Most recently he served as a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, Volume Two and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition. In December of 2011, Dr. Harris presented a session at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic entitled, "The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands."
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 313
Ph.D. & M.M.E. - Florida State University
Jeffrey L. Miller is Director of Bands at Tennessee Technological University. In this capacity, Dr. Miller serves as the Director of The Golden Eagle Marching Band, is conductor of the Symphony Band, and teaches courses in Instrumental Conducting and Brass Pedagogy.
Prior to his appointment at Tennessee Tech, Dr. Miller served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching courses in Marching Band Techniques and Brass Pedagogy, Miller served as the inaugural director of the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band and director of the 49ers Basketball Band. During his tenure, the “Pride of Niner Nation” was invited to perform in exhibition for the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, but most notably was the band’s invitation and performance in Normandy France to commemorate the 74thanniversary of Operation D-day. From 2013-2014, Dr. Miller served as interim Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He received the Bachelor of Music Education from Florida Southern College and the Masters of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy, with emphasis in Instrumental Conducting, from Florida State University. Prior to his university appointments, Dr. Miller served as a public school instrumental music educator in the state of Florida.
Dr. Miller’s research interests include evaluating quality in wind band literature for school ensembles, pre-service teacher preparation, and focus of attention and aesthetic response to musical elements. He has presented research and teaching clinics at national, regional, and state-level conferences including the CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium, the CBDNA/ABA Southern Division Conference and the Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina Music Educator’s Conferences. He has conducted honor bands throughout the Southeastern United States and enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator/clinician for concert and marching assessments.