Bill Wynn – Director of Bands
Bill Wynn is in his twenty-third year of teaching and his fourth year as director for the Heritage High School “Legion of Generals.” Mr. Wynn came to Heritage High after 15 years at Heritage Middle School and four years at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, TN. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University, and has completed all coursework toward a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Mr. Wynn was the 2012-2013 Heritage Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Before moving to Chattanooga, Mr. Wynn was an active musician in the Chicago area, performing as a bass trombonist with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony, the DuPage Symphony, the Southwest Suburban Symphony and the Chicago Brass Choir and as a baritone vocalist with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, His Majesty’s Clerkes, and the Ravinia Festival Chorus. In Chicago, Mr. Wynn also taught brass lessons, master classes, and music theory at the MERIT School of Music. In Chattanooga, Mr. Wynn has served as the low brass instructor at Cadek Conservatory of Music in Chattanooga, TN, and performed with the Chattanooga Symphony, Enigma Tuba Quartet, and the Chattanooga Trombone Quartet. Members of Mr. Wynn’s brass studio have been top All-State members in six states, principal players in the Chicago, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Youth Symphonies, and members of the Governor’s Honors Programs in Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois. Mr. Wynn and his wife Jill reside in Ringgold.
Preston Miller – Assistant Director of Bands
Preston Miller is a highly accomplished music educator, currently serving as the Director of Middle School Bands at Heritage Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Heritage High School. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, where one of his most notable accomplishments was earning principal saxophonist in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. He also co-founded the Gold Talon Saxophone Quartet, which was invited to perform at several prestigious conferences.
In addition to his performance accomplishments, Mr. Miller has also distinguished himself as an educator and clinician. He has served as a clinician for concert bands, held masterclasses, served as a visual and musical technician for marching band, and was a private woodwind instructor for band programs in Catoosa, Hall, Dawson, and Jackson counties. Mr. Miller has also presented at the Research on Contemporary Composers Conference on Women in Music.
Mr. Miller is a passionate advocate for music education and believes strongly in the transformative power of music in the lives of young people. He is committed to providing his students with the highest quality music education possible, and is dedicated to their success both in and out of the classroom.
Outside of his work as an educator, Mr. Miller enjoys traveling and trying new cuisines from around the world with his wife Jada, whom he married in September of 2017.
Susi Taylor – Color Guard Director
Susi Taylor is married to Ken Taylor. They have two children: Aaron and Ashley. Mrs. Taylor is a Spanish teacher at Heritage High School. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009 with a degree in Pre-K-12 Foreign Language Education. She received her Masters and Educational Specialist degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. She was a member of the Axtell ISD marching band in Axtell, Texas, for 6 years, where she was captain of the color guard for one year.
Colin James – Percussion Instructor
Colin James has been the percussion instructor at Heritage High School since graduating from Jacksonville State University in 2017. At JSU he obtained a music degree with a concentration in percussion. Colin currently performs as a professional drummer in the Chattanooga area and beyond, playing in various recording and performance projects. He is a founding member and drummer for the local touring band Dolphin Group and is also drummer for the 2020 Chattanooga Road to Nightfall winners, We Are Us. Colin currently lives in Rossville, Georgia with his bandmates.