YSU grad plays in Air Force band

Staff report


Thursday’s concert by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants at Stambaugh Auditorium will be a homecoming for one musician.

Master Sgt. Brett Miller, a Boardman native and Youngstown State University graduate, is part of the concert band.

Miller, principal French hornist, earned a bachelor’s degree in music from YSU’s Dana School of Music in 1999 and joined the Air Force band in 2002. “It’s thrilling to come back to Youngstown with the band,” he said, “and it’s especially great to have a chance to perform for so many friends from Boardman and YSU.”

Miller, who also holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Maryland, is a prolific composer. He has published more than 30 works for various brass solo instruments and chamber ensembles.

Highlights of his career with the Air Force Concert Band include playing for the funerals of Presidents Ronald W. Reagan and Gerald R. Ford, the inaugurals for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and White House arrival ceremonies for Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers of Japan, China and the UK.

The Air Force Band, which marks its 75th anniversary this year, is performing eight concerts in Ohio on its current tour. The Youngstown concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is the final event in the tour. Admission is free.