Heather Miller, Band Director
Ms. Heather Miller comes to Locust Grove after teaching in north Macon at Tattnall Square Academy. While at TSA her students participated in Distict Honor Band, District Solo and Ensemble, South Region Honor Band, UGA JanFest, JSU Honor Band and the GMEA All State Band. The TSA Band of Gold received numerous superior ratings including Best in Class A at the Heart of GA contest in 2006 and Best in Class A at the GISA Marching and Pep Band Contest in 2008. They also had the opportunity to perform for Gov. Sonny Perdue and at Downtown Disney in 2009.
Miller was under the direction of Larry Greenwalt, a Jacksonville State University alumni, while at Jones County High School. The JCHS Band of Gold won many Best in Class AAA awards as well as Grand Champions at the East Paulding HS Raider Cup Contest in 1999. Miller was personally awarded Best in Class AAA Drum Major several times with the pinnacle being Best Overall at the JSU Contest in 1999, scoring a 99.0. She served as principal trumpet in jazz band and principal horn in Symphonic Band and constantly ranked in the top chairs in District Honor Band.
Miller is a cum laude graduate with special honors in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, home of the widely-acclaimed Marching Southerners. While a member of the Southerners she was mellophone section leader, visual technician and voted by her peers as Most Outstanding Mellophone in 2001 and 2004. She is also a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women, and served as Vice President of Ritual. She started a concert band festival with SAI, the Festival of Roses, which was a community project to help local bands prepare for evaluations in the spring.
As a horn student of Mr. Jeffrey Solomon, graduate of Julliard School of Music, she had many opportunities to excel in musicianship. She was principal hornist for Chamber Winds, JSU's top performing ensemble, as well as Wind Ensemble and performed with the Chamber Winds woodwind quintet as well as JSU Community Orchestra. She performed a Mozart concerto with the JSU Community Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto/Aria competition in 2005. Also, as a conducting student of Mr. Ken Bodiford, Director of Bands at JSU, she was awarded the opportunity to guest conduct Chamber Winds in concert.
In her free time she enjoys performing with Tara Winds, one of Georgia's strongest community bands, as well as tooting her own horn at First Baptist of Atlanta. She has two "wildcats" of her own, "Cookie" and "Oreo," and also enjoys shopping, traveling on music missions, and spending time with family.
Miller is very excited to be leading new traditions of the Wildcat Bands. She places much emphasis on academics as well as community. She looks forward to seeing them grow into one of the strongest bands in the county both in the classroom and in our community.
In her free time she enjoys performing at First Baptist of Atlanta playing Horn with Worship Orchestra and Percussion with Celebration Orchestra. She has two "wildcats" of her own, "Cookie" and "Oreo," and also enjoys shopping, traveling on music missions, and spending time with family.
Tim Griffiths, Percussion Instructor
...was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up around the L.A. music scene. However, the military brought Mr. Griffiths and his family to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Mount Zion High School. He had the privilege of being selected for All-State every year and the Governor's Honors program his junior year. Mr. Griffiths went on to study music performance at Jacksonville State University with a concentration in percussion with a History Minor. While at JSU, Mr. Griffiths was a member of the Marching Southerners, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Chamber Winds. He had the honor of studying with Mr. Clint Gillespie and world renown drummer Steve Houghton.
Mr. Griffiths has instructed the drum line and front ensemble for several high schools including Kecoughtan High School (Virginia) and Fayette County High School.
He has worked as a studio drummer for the past five years and has performed with members of the Grammy Award Winning band, Casting Crowns. He currently plays drums for Eagles Landing First Baptist Church and the worship band Romans Road.
Krista Crumbley, Colorguard Instructor
I was born in Pensacola, Florida and have spent the last 20
years growing up in McDonough. I graduated from Ola High School in 2009,
studied the Spanish language at Georgia State University, and later graduated
with a certificate of culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in Tucker, Georgia. My
experience with color guard began in 2007 as a member of the flag line at Ola
High School. In 2008-2009, after just one year of spinning, I was named Head
Captain of the OHS guards, where I spun flag, rifle, and sabre. Following
graduation, I began assisting the OHS guards from 2009-2011, lead the girls to
successful fall and winter seasons, and helped form the JV and Cadet class
winterguards. In 2010, I marched the Inaugural season color guard at Georgia
State University and was a 2011 member of the world class drum corps, Spirit of
I am very excited to be working with the Locust Grove High
School Band and Color Guard programs, and am looking forward to seeing the
growth of each individual. It is my belief that this activity not only shapes
an individual as a performer, but also provides a learning experience about the
person they are. I am looking forward to spending time with each kid and seeing
their talents and abilities grow with my time at Locust Grove High School.