OUR STAFF

Chris Miller

DIRECTOR OF BANDS

 

Mr. Chris Miller is the Director of Bands at Francis Howell High School. Since 2003, when he arrived, the band has consistently been a high achieving, hard working and award winning band program. The band has grown to three concert bands, a jazz band, the marching band, winter drum line, and winter guard. Occasionally a jazz combo or small brass ensemble will perform for various school functions, as well. The marching band is a finalist at almost every festival they attend, the drum line is frequently a semi-finalist at WGI Championships, and the winter guard is working to be a top three finisher in MCCGA. The Wind Ensemble consistently earns One ratings at the State Large Ensemble Festival and sends 20-30 solos and small ensembles to festival each year. 

 

Personally, Mr. Miller is an active performer around the St. Louis area with the Genesis Jazz Project and the Sentimental Journey Dance Band, in addition to several theatre troupes, churches, and other organizations that often secure his services. In college, Mr. Miller toured Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Chris Vadala, Bobby Shew, Vince DiMaritno, Allen Vizzuti, Frank Mantooth, Roger Ingram, Jim Manley, Don Menza, Tia Fuller, Matt Wilson, and the Boston Brass. Mr. Miller can also be found riding his Harley, playing with the family dog, or spending all day with his Big Green Egg smoking a wonderful meat treat. If you are lucky and join the band program, you just might be treated to one of his EGG-cellent meals!

 

Mr. Miller would never be able to lead our band program without the tremendous support of his wife Jackie, and his two children, Alyssa and Carson. They have also become very active in the program, as Alyssa joined the band in 2016 and will be graduating in 2020. Carson will join the band in the fall of 2020.

JOE SPARKS

VISUAL AND DESIGN COORDINATOR

 

Joe is currently in his 7th year as program coordinator for the Francis Howell Marching Vikings Band. He has over 17 years of experience in the marching arts and pageantry. He is also a former member of the Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.


Joe has been an adjudicator for the F.M.B.C. Florida Marching Band Championships Super Regional as well as several contests across the region. Joe is the former brass caption head at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2014 Open Class Finalist. He also served on the visual team at The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2004/2006 World Class finalist, Marion Cadets 2002/03 Division III Bronze medalist and Teal Sound Div. II Finalist 2005. He also co-authored B & S Basics, a comprehensive guide to marching and maneuvering fundamentals, utilized by programs across the country.

 

Joe has worked with several high school programs across the country such as O’Fallon Township High School, Illinois 2007 Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional finalist, Middleburg High School, Florida, F.M.B.C. Class 3A 8th place 2011, and Star City, Ark. Class A Chic-fil-A Bowl National Champions 2015, Arkansas Class A runner-up.

Joe attended the University of Arkansas and Missouri State University where he studied Euphonium and Trombone. Joe has one son who resides in Atlanta, Ga. He is also a member of the traditional jazz group Annie and the fur trappers.

Cassi Flores

GUARD AND DANCE COORDINATOR

 

Cassi Flores has extensive experience performing and teaching in color guard for the past decade. She began at Francis Howell High School in 2009. She has choreographed and performed with Avidity Independent in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 where she has performed in both Open and World Class and was awarded the Silver Medal in WGI World Championship Finals in 2014.

 

She has an extensive teaching background and has worked with numerous schools in the St. Louis and Columbia areas as a choreographer and educator, including Wentzville Holt Winter Guard, Rock Bridge HS, and Ionic Winter Guard. She is a sought-after clinician for many high school and collegiate visual programs in Missouri.

 

Cassi is currently the Director of the Color Guard at Francis Howell High School. In her free time, Cassi can be found snuggling with her cat, Vesper.

Mark Ishman

PERCUSSION AND ELECTRONICS COORDINATOR

HERRIE PULLOM

DRUMLINE TECHNICIAN

 

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