DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Michael J. Miller - Director of Bands
Michael J. Miller is the Director of Bands at Joe E. Newsome High School where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble, teaches Piano, and directs the Wolfpack Marching Band. Under Mr. Miller’s direction the Wolfpack Marching Band is an annual finalist in the Florida Marching Band Coalition State Championships. In 2014 the band placed 3rd, winning best overall music and percussion. In addition, the Wolfpack Marching Band was awarded the Fred J. Miller Award for Visual Excellence at the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival. In 2015 the Wolfpack Marching Band will travel to Newark, DE to compete in a Bands of America Regional, and in 2016 will perform in the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Under Mr. Miller’s baton, the Newsome concert bands regularly earn superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments at the district at state level. In 2015, the Wind Ensemble earned straight superior ratings for all adjudicators at state festival. Before his appointment at Joe E. Newsome High School, Mr. Miller was the Director of Bands at Weeki Wachee High School where he assisted in the opening of the school, forming the band program from scratch. There he was awarded the School Board of Hernando County’s “Hernando H.E.R.O.E.S.” Award (Hernando Educators Reaching Out to Every Student), and was also given the Superintendent’s “Excellence” Award for his services to the community.
Mr. Miller holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Syracuse University. As a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Florida bands under Dr. David Waybright, Mr. Miller guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting lessons, and was a staff member and music designer for the University’s Marching Band.
Mr. Miller arranges for high school and college marching bands across the United States including the Syracuse University Marching Band and the Rutgers University Marching Band. Mr. Miller’s music was performed during halftime at Superbowl XLVIII, the 2013 International Trombone Festival, as well as at the 2011 Outback Bowl. Mr. Miller was a conducting drum major and trumpeter for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, played mellophone for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a visual technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Miller is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Geoff is in his first year with Newsome, helping to teach the front ensemble. He is an alumni of Infinity Percussion and the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, Geoff enjoys teaching Newsome, marching Infinity, preparing for his age out summer, working with electronics in the marching idiom, and finishing his A.A..
MARCHING & MUSIC
James is a former member of the Newsome Band, graduating in 2010. While at Newsome, he was a member of the 2009 BOA Honor Band of America for the Rose Parade and the 2010 Army All-American Band. After graduating from Newsome, James attended USF from 2010-2014, earning a B.S. of Music Education. While at USF, he was a consistent finalist in the USF Trumpet Studio Competition, winning in 2012, and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. James was a member of the Boston Crusaders from 2008-2013, aging out as Horn Sergeant and recipient of the Crusader of the Year award. He was also a member of the Brahma Indoor Percussion cymbal line in 2011. In addition to teaching at Newsome, James worked with the Sickles HS marching band in 2013 and the Plant City HS marching band in 2014. Currently, James is preparing to attend Appalachian State University in the fall to work towards a Master's in Music Performance. He holds affiliation with Kappa Kappa Psi and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jade Bouza - Color Guard Director
Jade Bouza grew up in Pembroke Pines, FL where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001-2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, FL to attend the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. While studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard during the 4 years she marched there. She also marched with the USF Winterguard from 2008-2009. Jade also spent two summers marching with the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006, and aged out in 2008. Jade was the director for the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2007-2012, where she also started the winterguard program. Under her direction, the winterguard went on to become the 2010 FFCC B Class Champions, 2011 FFCC AAA Class Champions, and the 2012 FFCC A Class Silver Medalists. Jade taught with Flanagan High School for the 2013 season including all three winterguard teams, and was the director of the A Guard program. She has also taught and worked with several groups including the USF Herd of Thunder and USF Winterguard since 2009, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She is currently teaching auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a Disney Performing Arts Teaching Artist. She began working with Newsome in 2013. Jade is incredibly passionate for this activity and the hard work it demands, and she is excited to be working with Newsome again this year!
Carlos Escobar has been a part of WGI’s top ranked Winter Guards of Central Florida. He has also toured the US in DCI’s Boston Crusaders. He was the Director of the Gateway High School Colorguard, In Kissimmee, in 2009, 2011, 2012, & 2013, where he designed each show in its entirety. Winning many Superiors and top group in its county. He worked with the Alonso High school Dance team this past 2014 field season. Carlos currently worked with U.S.F. World Winterguard this past 2014 season, he is very excited to continue working with this amazing group as now he takes a bigger teaching role with the University of South Florida A Winterguard. He is currently on staff with the Newsome High School Field Colorguard as a technician and indoor Winterguard program as a choreographer. Carlos is currently working on getting his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at St. Petersburg Collage. Carlos Escobar has spun in Fahrenheit Independent 2008, 2009, & 2011, Boston Crusaders 2010, Orlando Visual World 2012, and U.S.F. World 2013. He is looking forward making a difference in a positive way for many young and talents members in this activity.
Tony Perez - Color Guard Technician
DESIGNERS / CONSULTANTS
Howard Weinstein holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and has been a music educator for the past twenty-seven years. He currently designs for and instructs multiple college and high school programs throughout the country. His experience includes middle school, high school and collegiate level instruction and leadership. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the country for multiple circuits in the areas of symphonic, jazz and marching ensembles. As a high school band director in schools throughout Florida and Georgia, his band programs were superior rated at both the district and state levels. Weinstein has worked as a program consultant and show designer for several programs throughout the country. He remains active as a guest clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He is also an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association in the areas of Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Solo and Ensembles. Howard’s experience in the marching arts includes multiple years as Program Coordinator and Corps Director for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as the Corps Director for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. His organizations were perennial finalists in the activity. He is currently on the faculty for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. The Tarpon Springs program has been a consistent finalist for the Bands of America Championships since 1997, and was most recently the Grand Champion of the Bands of America.