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Wind Ensemble Founder, Joseph M. Miller

        Mr. Miller  served as Founder,  Music Director and Conductor of the CRWE from its inception in 1994. At the end of the 2002-2003 season he stepped down as principal conductor but  continued on as Music Director and principal cornetist, conducting from time to time.  At the end of the 2005-2006 season he stepped down as Music Director.
       Mr. Miller has been performing in the Capital Region for some forty years, as a trumpet and cornet player. His early training on cornet was provided by his father, Christopher Miller, who, while in addition to being a fine cornetist, was also the conductor of the Mechanicville City Band for 33 years. It was as solo cornetist in this band, under his father’s direction, that Joe Miller learned to love concert band music.
        Mr. Miller worked as an engineer for several years, but later switched to his first love, music education. He subsequently taught in several local school districts,  retiring from the Shenendehowa School District where, as high school band director, he developed an outstanding concert band and wind ensemble program. It was the combination of the early performance exposure with band music, and the teaching experience in developing school musicians, that planted the seed for the formation of the CRWE.