Milton Allen is the Associate Director of Bands and a visiting professor of music at The Ohio State University. He previously served as Director of Bands and instrumental division director at Eastern Illinois University. A seventeen-year veteran of the public school rehearsal room, Allen’s refreshing and practical approach to music education and conducting has made him an in-demand clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. From British Columbia, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and at conferences including the Midwest Clinic, MENC regional and national conventions, and BASBWE International Wind Festivals, Allen’s humor, passion, and experience combine to illuminate the possibilities of both music education and the live art of performance.
Active in the commissioning and recording of new wind works for both developing and experienced bands, he has collaborated with numerous composers, including Michael Sweeney, Mark Camphouse, James Bonney, Jonathan Newman, Steven Bryant, and Alex Shapiro.
Ensembles under his direction have received awards at local, state, and national levels, including a Citation for Musical Excellence from the United States Congress. He is a two-time Teacher of the Year and a Kansas Teacher of the Year semifinalist. Additional honors and distinctions include five teaching and service awards from the Ohio State University School of Music, and selection as a conducting fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 40th Anniversary.
In 2008, Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor of the USAF Heritage of America Band.
Allen is an educational consultant for Jupiter Band Instruments. He lives in Columbus with his wife Margaret, son Benjamin, and daughter Madeline.