The 2018-2019 school year is Chris Shumick’s seventh year as the Director of Bands at Milton High School in Fulton County and fifteenth year as a music educator in the Georgia public schools. Prior to his appointment at Milton, he served as the inaugural band director at Woodland High School in Henry County and previously taught at Jonesboro High School in Clayton County. Originally from Alliance, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and both Master’s and Education Specialist’s degrees from The University of Georgia. Ensembles under his direction have consistently received superior ratings at GMEA concert and marching band events and the Milton Band has been awarded the Georgia Music Educators Association Exemplary Performance Award and the National Band Association's Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence. Under his leadership, the Milton Marching Band has been named a Bands of America regional finalist on four occasions and has twice performed in the New York City Veterans Day Parade and the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles. In recent years, the Milton Wind Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, The University of South Carolina Band Clinic, The University of Georgia’s January Music Festival, Georgia State University’s “Bands of Distinction” Honor Clinic, the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, the Kennesaw State University Band Invitational, Emory University, and the Music for All Southeastern Concert Band Regional. Additionally, the Milton Wind Ensemble has been named a Commended and State-Level Winner in the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors. Mr. Shumick is a ten-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and, as the conductor, was the recipient of the Shuler Hensley award for “Best Pit Orchestra” at the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards. In addition to frequently serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band events in the Atlanta area, he has recently been appointed as director of the Georgia Ambassadors of Music program, and is a member of the Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters' Fraternity. In addition to his duties at Milton, Mr. Shumick also holds the position of Associate Conductor with the Atlanta Wind Symphony.