Phone: East Phone: 847-451-3049 West Phone: 847-451-3146
Degrees and Certifications:
MM, University of Notre Dame BM, Northern Illinois University Administrative Certification, Northern Illinois University Commissioned Officer, Academy of Military Science (Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force/Air National Guard) Google Certified Educator Squadron Officer School Graduate Combat Airman Skills Training School Graduate
Mr. Bryan Miller
A career music educator, Bryan Miller has served as Music Department Chair for the Leyden High Schools since 1994. He is only the fourth person to serve as the Director of Bands in Leyden's near century-old history. Building upon the legacy of his predecessors and assembling a dynamic staff of talented colleagues, dedicated parents, and loyal alumni, Leyden’s music students have enjoyed many successes and opportunities under his leadership. Additionally, the program has been recognized through several national awards (Music for All and Downbeat), selected multiple times to perform as an exemplar program at the Illinois Music Education Conference, and has even performed in Chicago's Symphony Center.
Mr. Miller has concurrently served on the music education faculty for Elmhurst, VanderCook, and North Central Colleges while teaching at Leyden. Additional affiliations have included: The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association of Music Education National Conference, ASBDA, IMEC, ILMEA, IHSA, IGSMA, ISYM, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, Olivet Nazarene University, Huntington College, The Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, SWIC, HOIC, Apollo, and numerous ILMEA district festivals. He was appointed to serve on NAfME's National Council of Music Program Leaders. Committed to teacher education, he has served as cooperating teacher for over 60 student teachers.
Also a career military musician, Lieutenant Colonel Miller has the honor of serving our country as the Commander and Conductor of The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, the 566th Air Force Band, a National Medal of Arts recipient organization. Mission highlights include leading teams for two Southwest Asia and Africa deployments (Afghanistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates), Mount Rushmore’s Independence Day Celebration, Rockefeller Center Plaza’s Centennial of Flight Exposition (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin), the Liberty Medal Ceremony (President Bush), the Illinois Gubernatorial Inauguration Ceremonies, performances for the Warrior Games, honoring the Tuskeegee Airmen, and memorial honors for President Ronald Reagan. He also served as a Liaison Officer for the National Guard's COVID-19 vaccination humanitarian mission.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra. He has guest conducted the United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.), the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Salt Creek Sinfonietta and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (world premiere commission at The Midwest Clinic). He is a recipient of the Quinlan and Fabish "Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award, the University of Notre Dame "Singular Contribution to the Education of Youth" Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra "Note of Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement by a CYSO Alumnus" and serves on the CYSO Board of Directors. He also served as the Music Director for the Illinois Ambassadors of Music 2006-2010 European Concert Tours, leading hundreds of high school and college band, orchestra, and choir musicians throughout Europe.
An active trumpet artist, he had the honor of performing under Maestro Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera brass sections for the Arnold Jacobs memorial tribute concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center. His brass quintet was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He is an alumnus of the renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble and a founding member of Chicagoland's acclaimed Pete Ellman Big Band.
He earned his BM in Music Education at NIU, attending on full academic and music scholarships and graduating with Highest University Honors. He earned his Master in Music at the University of Notre Dame, attending on full scholarship, serving as Graduate Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Bands, and graduating summa cum laude.