is a popular conductor, clinician,
speaker, author and tireless advocate on behalf of music education. A 26-year
veteran of the rehearsal room, including 17 years in the public school, his
musical mission now takes him beyond the traditional rehearsal room to assuming
the role of “music guerilla,” furthering music, artistry and education through
whatever avenues available. Milt’s rare perspective encompasses teaching
positions in rural/suburban, large/small and public/parochial environments. He
has successfully taught beginning band in a boiler room through the collegiate
level, including his final teaching position as Associate Director of
Bands/Visiting Associate Professor of Music at The Ohio State University. Yet
always, from British Columbia to Glasgow, Scotland and at conferences including
the Midwest Clinic, MENC regional and national conventions and BASBWE
International Wind Festivals, Milt’s humor, passion and experience combine to
illuminate the possibilities of both music education and the live art of
Active in the commissioning and recording of new wind works for both developing and experienced bands, he has collaborated with many composers, including Michael Sweeney (High Water Mark: The Third Day), Mark Camphouse (Watchman, Tell Us of the Night), James Bonney (TranZendentalDanse of Joi), Jonathan Newman (My Hands Are a City), Steven Bryant (Ecstatic Waters)and Alex Shapiro (Immersion). He is also the author of "Music, Artistry, and Education: A Journey Towards Musical Growth and Enlightenment," published by Meredith Music Publications/Hal Leonard.
Ensembles under Allen's direction have received numerous awards at local, state and national levels including recognition by the United States Congress for Musical Excellence. He is a two-time high school Teacher of the Year, a Kansas Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, and is listed in various Who's Who publications. Other honors and distinctions include 5 awards from the Ohio State University School of Music recognizing his teaching and service and selection as a Conducting Fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble's 40th Anniversary. In 2008, Dr. Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor (USAF Heritage of America Band) and received an Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award.
Dr. Allen is an educational consultant for both Music & Arts, the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer in the United States, and Jupiter Instruments/KHS America. In addition, he serves as a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation and Meredith Music Publications.