Phil Mears

I am Phil Mears, the Band Instructor for Milton Elementary and Middle Schools. I earned a BA Degree in Music Theory from Keene State College and a BA in Music Education from Johnson State College. I have taught in Milton for the past 17 years. I had a 33-year career in the US Army and VT Army National Guard Music Program reaching the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and served as Commander and Bandmaster of the 40th Army Band.

At Milton we offer band instrument instruction starting in Grade 5. At this time we have the MES Beginning Band, MMS Concert Band, MMS Woodwind Ensemble, MMS Brass Ensemble, MMS Percussion Ensemble and the MMS Stage Band. Grade 6-8 band students also have the opportunity to participate in the VT Northwest Music District’s Middle School Music Festival each year. Some 8th Grade band members have also successfully auditioned for the High School Music Festival as well.