Thomas Barker is the Director of Bands at Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. He has spent the last 18 years of his 39 teaching years in this position.
Barker earned his bachelors degree fomr east Carolina University and his MSME from the University of Illinois.
His teaching began in Tolono, IL, then to Wolcott, IN, to the assistant director at Lafayett Jefferson and to Sunnyside Middle School before taking his current position.
Barker received the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Golden Award in 1998. In 2005 he was named Outstanding High School Music Educator of indiana. Phi Beta Mu, Gamma Chapter, named him the Outstanding Bandmaster in 2011.
He has serv ed the profession by being a member of the ISSMA State Board for over 20 years, serving as its president in 2004.
Gold ratings are the norm for his groups as well as trips to the ISSMA State Finals.
"The most important factor that has shaped my career has been the numerous people in my life that have helped me. From my parents, who instilled a love for music and discipline, to my numerous teachers along the way in middle school, high school and college who took a personal interest in me,
to my loving and supportive family and finally the incredible students that I have had over my years of teaching."
His philosphy is this, " I am a teacher of people first and foremost. It uis an honor to work with students and their parents using this extraordinary vehicle, music."
John Miller is the Director of Bands at American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah. He has held this position for the past thirty years
Miller earned his BME from Idaho State University and his MME from Brigham Young University.
Before landing at American Fork he served at Blackfoot Jr. High, Highland H.S. and Blackfoot H.S. He also served as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley State.
Miller was named the Alpin School District Teacher of the Year in 1999, Outstanding Music Educator by NFHSA in 2009, the Sudler Shield Winner in 2010 and the Utah Music Educator of the Year in 2015.
He has served his profession as the NBA Western Regional Chair, The Utah Bandmasters' President, the Treasurer of the Utah Music Educators Association as well as on the advisory board of the MidWest Clinic.
His groups, the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, have consistently received Superior ratings at Utah regional and state festivals.
Miller says, "The love of music combined with the joy of working with youth has combined to motivate me to develop the best musicians and contributing citizens possible. I teach because my motives are more pure than if I were in any other profession."
His philosophy is this,"I believe strongly in the development of student leaders and the growth of the students in all areas of their lives including their musical development and believe that every student should experience the joy of music performance at the highest level possible.”