Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Ph.D., University of Miami
M.M., Western Carolina University
B.M., Western Carolina University
David L. Mills is the Director of Bands at the University of Connecticut. He joined the music faculty in 1990 and serves as director of the UConn Marching Band and conductor of the Symphonic Band and Varsity Pep Bands. In addition, he has taught courses in music education. He holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Education degrees from Western Carolina University, and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami. Dr. Mills recently received the School of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award, the UConn Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and was inducted into the University of Miami’s “Band of the Hour” Hall of Fame. Dr. Mills is a frequent guest conductor and clinician and served nationally as member and chairman of the national Marching Band Committee of CBDNA.
Before UConn, Dr. Mills was Director of Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, conducting the wind ensemble, concert band, and marching band. At the University of Miami, he served as assistant band director of the “Band of the Hour”. Earlier in his career he established an outstanding band program at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Virginia and was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator Award.
Dr. Mills is a member of numerous honorary and service societies in music and education including NAfME, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, and the National Band Association.