About Us

Welcome to the web home of the award-winning Milton High School Band.

The 2011-2012 school year gives us all the opportunity to carry on the outstanding tradition of excellence that is the trademark of the Milton Band.  In the past 62 years, the band program has come a long way from the first rehearsals in the “log cabin” to our beautiful new room today.  We are proud to carry on the rich, long-standing traditions that are the Milton Band’s foundation.  Congratulations on your decision to become a part of one of the finest musical organizations in the country.  The Milton Band provides musical activities that encompass a wide range of musical diversity that allows every member an opportunity to find their level of commitment and reach their highest possible level of excellence.

The fall season emphasizes the excellence of our outstanding Milton High School Marching Band.  Our performances will include home and away football games, as well as several marching competitions.  The band has also represented Milton High School at Bands of America Regional Championships, National and Regional Festivals, and this year the marching band will perform at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago – on national television and in front of over 100,000 live!  The Wind Ensemble will be a featured performance ensemble at University of Alabama’s Honor Band Festival in February, and the Jazz Ensembles plan to host the 2nd Annual Milton Jazz Festival, while the Indoor Drumline and Winter Guard will return to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI World Championships.  These are just the highlights for some of the many musical and performance memories that await your students this coming school year.

In addition to the ensemble successes, the individual members of the Milton Band have distinguished themselves as gifted and talented musicians from their selection to the Georgia Music Educators’ Association All State Band & All State Orchestra, the Governor’s Honors Program, the District Honor Band, and many collegiate and local honor ensembles.                                                                                                                                                      

Hard-working students, dedicated staff members, involved and active parents, and a supportive administration and community all combine to make it possible for the Milton High School Band program to offer an outstanding array of musical opportunities.  Our students are expected to set and reach high goals for themselves and their program.  The rewards of meeting those expectations are immeasurable in the development of our students as well-rounded human beings.  Members of the Milton Band will develop musically, emotionally, mentally, socially and physically during their time in the band program at Milton High School.


Directors of the Milton Band

  • 1949-1951 Alex Leseur
  • 1951-1952 Harold Alenius
  • 1952-1953 Catherine Hesketh
  • 1953-1957 Paul Pittenger
  • 1957-1960 Catherine Hesketh
  • 1960-1967 David Scese
  • 1967-1983 Leon Cole
  • 1983-1990 Peter Zervakos
  • 1990-1991 Gil Estes
  • 1991-1999 Will Henderson
  • 1999-2007 Randall Coleman
  • 2007-2012 Ryan Borger
  • 2012-present Chris Shumick