McCleskey Middle School 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
Andrew Paller is currently in his second year as the Assistant Director of Bands at McCleskey Middle School. 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, served as Librarian for the universities’ Wind Ensemble, was a guest conductor for the university’s Concert Band and studied conducting with Dr. David Kehler. 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 District 12 LGPE and he helped to maintain an overall program enrollment of 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. Mr. Paller also serves as a design consultant for the River Ridge High School Marching Band located in Woodstock, GA, teaches private Saxophone lessons, and actively teaches symphonic and marching camps around the metro Atlanta area. He is also a product of the Cobb County School District having graduated from Keheley Elementary School, McCleskey Middle School, and Kell High School.
Mr. Paller and his wife Anna reside in Acworth, Georgia with their golden retriever, Magnolia.
Andrew Paller, Assistant Director of Bands