Our current conducto received his Bachelor's Degree in Music History, Literature, and Trumpet Performance from Wheaton College, Illinois in 1993. He received his Master's Degree in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas in 1996. He is a Sergeant First Class (SFC) in the United States Army who enlisted as a Trumpet Player in October of 1999.
Stephen has served as a Trumpet Player, the Brass Group Leader, the Musical Performance Team Leader, and the Enlisted Conductor in a variety of assignments to include: the 283rd Army Band at Fort Benning, Georgia, the United States Army School of Music at Virginia Beach, Virginia, the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany, the 1st Infantry Division Band at Fort Riley, Kansas and Basarah, Iraq, the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the Military Intelligence Corps Band at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Since May of 2017, SFC Stephen Miles has been assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona as the Installation Equal Opportunity Advisor with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (HHC, USAICoE). As an active free-lance trumpet player and conductor throughout Stephen's variety of assignments, he currently lives in Benson, Arizona with his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Anna and Nathan. Stephen was appointed as the director and conductor of Sierra Vista Community Band in May of 2018.
Our Former Conductor
Our former conductor has conducted the Sierra Vista Community Band since 2012. She has been the band director of the Palominas School District since 1998. The Palominas District Band has performed for the Arizona Pageant of Concert Bands Festival in Phoenix for the past eight years, receiving ratings of Excellent, Superior and Superior with Distinction.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from Baylor University. She was a bassoonist in the U. S. Army from 1989 to 1992 and is currently the principal bassoonist for the Sierra Vista Symphony. In 2008, she was named Cochise County Teacher of the Year for the Palominas School District. In 2010, she received the Sierra Vista Mayor's Arts Award for Art in Education.