Richard Miles, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morehead State University (Kentucky), holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Florida State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees from University of Illinois and Appalachian State University. In addition to administration of MSU Bands, he teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Since coming to MSU in 1985, the Symphony Band under his direction has received national and international recognition, having performed for Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and international concert tours to The People’s Republic of China (2000), Brazil (2003), and Spain (2008).
Professor Miles has co-authored, compiled and edited the internationally recognized wind band series: Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volumes 1–8,
and Volume 1 (Second Edition), Teaching Music through Performing Marches, Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Volumes 1–2, Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz,
and three additional texts. Dr. Miles is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association–Southern Division and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
Internationally, he has conducted concerts and clinics in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, The Canary Islands, The People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, throughout Europe and The United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, and South Africa. Recently, Dr. Miles was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Appalachian State University, the Presidential Recognition Award and Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award and is the 2006–2007 recipient of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.