Director of Bands
The 2018-2019 school year is Chris Shumick’s seventh year as the Director of Bands at Milton High School in Fulton County and fifteenth year as a music educator in the Georgia public schools. Prior to his appointment at Milton, he served as the inaugural band director at Woodland High School in Henry County and previously taught at Jonesboro High School in Clayton County. Originally from Alliance, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and both Master’s and Education Specialist’s degrees from The University of Georgia. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received superior ratings at GMEA concert and marching band events and the Milton Band has been awarded the Georgia Music Educators Association Exemplary Performance Award and the National Band Association's Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence. Under his leadership, the Milton Marching Band has been named a Bands of America regional finalist on four occasions and has twice performed in the New York City Veterans Day Parade and the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles. In recent years, the Milton Wind Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, The University of South Carolina Band Clinic, The University of Georgia’s January Music Festival, Georgia State University’s “Bands of Distinction” Honor Clinic, the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, the Kennesaw State University Band Invitational, Emory University, and the Music for All Southeastern Concert Band Regional. Additionally, the Milton Wind Ensemble has been named a Commended and State-Level Winner in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors. Mr. Shumick is a ten-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and, as the conductor, was the recipient of the Shuler Hensley award for “Best Pit Orchestra” at the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards. In addition to frequently serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band events in the Atlanta area, he has recently been appointed as director of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music program, and is a member of the Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters' Fraternity. In addition to his duties at Milton, Mr. Shumick also holds the position of Associate Conductor with the Atlanta Wind Symphony.
Assistant Director and Percussion Director
John Herndon, is currently in his fifth year serving as the Assistant Director of Bands at Milton High School in Milton, GA.
At Milton, Mr. Herndon assists with all administrative and instructional aspects of the band program’s concert and marching ensembles, teaches a quirky music appreciation course that covers everything from Princess Enheduanna to Prince, and directs the percussion ensembles and the Milton High School Indoor Drumline. Under his direction the Milton High School Indoor Drumline has been a Winter Guard International Regional finalist every year since 2014 and, in 2016, they were named the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association Percussion Scholastic World Class champion and a WGI World Championship finalist.
Prior to his appointment at Milton Mr. Herndon spent five years as the Assistant Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, GA, a role he entered after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
As a composer, Herndon’s concert percussion works are published by Tapspace Publications and are widely performed at competitions, clinics, and concerts. His piece, Toboggan, has been selected as an Editor's Choice by music distributor J.W. Pepper and was performed in 2016 at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference.
John is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence for outstanding contributions to bands and band music. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He is currently serving as the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association member-at-large and he endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
John lives in Alpharetta, GA with his wife, Jessica; their twins, Taylor and Calvin; and their cat, Canon.