Carl Miller received his B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (’89) where he studied trumpet under Dr. Calvin Weber. He has continued his education with graduate classes from Indiana State University, Gannon University, and Carlow College. He has been employed by the Crawford Central School District for 33 years and is currently working as Director of Bands and Music Teacher at Cochranton Junior-Senior High School and Cochranton Elementary School. His duties have included Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Instrumental Lessons, and General Music Classes. He has also served as Faculty Advisor for the Tri-M Music National Honor Society and served as Music Department Coordinator.
Carl has led the Cochranton High School Marching Band to over 25 championships in the Lakeshore Marching Band Association, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association, and the Tournament of Bands Region 8. The CHS Band has also placed in its class at Bands of America Regional events in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has also worked as a drill designer, consultant and instructor for many marching bands, and winter guards in Western Pennsylvania. Other awards and accomplishments include “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” “Golden Apple Award” sponsored by Edinboro University and JET-TV Erie, and the “Citation of Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Carl is a music and visual adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges and the Allegheny Judges Association. He judges for the fall marching band season, winter guard/percussion season and the summer parade season. Carl is an adjudicator for the PMEA Music Performance Assessments and has been a guest conductor for several senior high county band festivals, PMEA Jr. High District Band Festivals, and he was guest conductor at the PMEA District 2 Jazz Festival in 2023. He has also served as a conductor and trumpet player in the pit at the Academy Theater in Meadville. His other professional memberships include PMEA, NAfME, Crawford County Music Educators Association, PSEA, NEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity.
Carl lives with his wife, Rachel, also a music educator, in Meadville, PA and has three daughters, Caroline (Ryan), Emily, and Kyran.