Jovon Milford, MA
“Being a percussionist is a life-long journey that leads to endless possibilities”.
Jovon Milford, serves as Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Benedict College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in percussion. He later attended Ashford University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in education. His primary responsibilities at Allen University consists of overseeing the percussion department where he instructs the percussion ensemble, teaches applied percussion and marching percussion techniques. In addition to his collegiate duties, he also serves as an orchestral percussionist for the Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians Festival. Milford’s prior teaching experiences includes serving as an assistant director of bands (public school) teaching general music (public school) and instructing various high school percussion programs throughout the Southeast. Milford has performed at the 2021 PASIC Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana as the first all African- American symphonic percussion group.
Jovon currently holds active professional memberships within the following organizations, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, The Racial Diversity Alliance Subcomittee, and the Percussive Arts Society. Milford proudly endorses Grover Pro Percussion, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
Allen University Percussion Studio
The Allen University Percussion Studio ranges from 9-13 undergraduate percussion students. Courses that is typically offered throughout the music program of study are Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble/ Chamber Ensemble, Hand Drumming Ensemble and Marching Percussion. While maintaining a highly competitive studio percussion students are required to take additional music courses outside of their discipline. The following courses are required upon completing the program of study jazz band, concert band, pep band, and marching band. Recently the Allen University Percussion Ensemble has been featured at the 2020 Valley Day of Percussion
formally know as the (Texas Day of Percussion).