The conductor of the Venice Concert Band is Mr. Bob Miller. The first concert of the 2017 - 2018 season will be Monday night, November 6, at the Venice Performing Arts Center.
Bob played euphonium in the Venice Concert Band for eleven years. He is a past conductor of the First Brass of Sarasota. This will be Bob's third season as conductor of the Charlotte County Concert Band. For six seasons, Bob has been the assistant conductor of the North Port Concert Band and for eight seasons has played euphonium in their band.
Bob developed his love of conducting while in high school when he was given the opportunity to conduct some of his high school band's rehearsals and concerts. This was a transformative experience for him. He knew he could relate to the music in an emotional way and that he wanted to be a conductor for the rest of his life.
Bob received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He earned his Masters Degree in Music History and Literature and his Music Supervisor's certification from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Bob is retired from teaching instrumental and choral music in the Abington School District in suburban Philadelphia. He has performed in community theaters in the Philadelphia areas as well as two shows at Venice Theater. For the past forty-one summers Bob has taken high school musicians on a European cultural and performance tour with an organization called American Music Abroad. For thirty years Bob was one the conductors and conducted in nine European countries. With the same organization, he also took one group of high school musicians on a performance tour of Mexico and another on a performance tour of China.
Bob looks forward to programming Venice Band's Concerts from the wealth of American music ranging from American folk music to music composed for concert band to Broadway stage as well as transcriptions of international composers. He plans to share with the audience information about composers and arrangers, expand their knowledge of concert band literature, and entertain them as well. The audience surely will feel Bob's love of conducting as he molds the sound with his arms and hands and draws each note from the musicians.