McCleskey Middle School Bands
Andrew Paller is in his fifth year as the Assistant Director of Bands at McCleskey Middle School located in Marietta, Georgia. After receiving his BA in Music Education from Kennesaw State University in 2014, Mr. Paller served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Pine Mountain Middle School located in Kennesaw, Georgia from 2014 to 2016.
While at KSU, Mr. Paller studied Saxophone with Sam Skelton, performed in the university Wind Ensemble, and served as a guest conductor for the university Concert Band. During his time at Pine Mountain Middle School, Mr. Paller was involved in every aspect of the Band Program. While there, Mr. Paller’s ensembles consistently received superior ratings at the GMEA District 12 LGPE and he helped to maintain an overall program enrollment of almost half the school’s student body.
Prior teaching experiences include time spent on staff with the Kell High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School Band Programs where Mr. Paller assisted with their 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Bands of America Regional and National Championship titles.
Aside from his responsibilities at McCleskey, Mr. Paller serves as the Marching Band Program Coordinator for the River Ridge High School Marching Band located in Woodstock, Georgia, teaches private saxophone lessons, and teaches symphonic and marching camps around the metro Atlanta area. He is also a proud alumni of McCleskey Middle School.
Mr. Paller and his wife Anna live in Acworth, Georgia with their daughter Liliana and golden retriever Maggie.
Andrew Paller, Assistant Director of Bands
Jody Miller has taught band at McCleskey since 1992. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Miller studied horn and flute as primary instruments. Throughout college, though, he took advantage of opportunities to also perform on clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. For most of his musical life he has been active as a performer and teacher on recorder and other Renaissance and Baroque wind instruments.
In addition to his work with the McCleskey band program, Mr. Miller has taught recorder and early music at Emory University and Agnes Scott College. Each summer he serves as music director for Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop at Western Carolina University. He has also taught workshops or clinics at Kennesaw State University and Jacksonville State University. Mr. Miller has also presented workshops in Nashville (TN), Memphis (TN), Knoxville (TN), Atlanta (GA), Bloomsburg (PA), Birmingham (AL), Durham (NC), and Lakeland (FL).
Mr. Miller has performed with the Cobb Wind Symphony (horn and flute), and on recorder with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Emory Baroque Artists, and Ritornello Baroque Ensemble. In his work as a performer and teacher, he has contributed to both band and recorder literature by commissioning musical compositions from Timothy Broege, Ron Hancock, and Robert W. Smith.
Mr. Miller enjoys teaching young students, as they love the history of music and the instruments; he also enjoys teaching older students, as they are proof that making music is a lifelong joy. Many of Mr. Miller’s former students are professional teachers, performers, and conductors. Many, many more still play their instruments and support music in their own communities.
Jody Miller, Director of Bands