John C. Daniels Celebrates the Life of John Miller

Requiem For A Town-Gown Inspiration
by Allan Appel | Sep 23, 2011 3:12 pm
Courtesy of the New Haven Independent
He told them the greatest musicians in the world make mistakes every day. If you get lost in a piece, keep playing through, he said: I have your back. And if they came to a performance with bright colored socks? He always had a roll of black duct tape to cover up their ankles.
Those were some of the poignant, funny, and heart-wrenching memories evoked Friday morning as 200 students, family, and friends gathered at the John C. Daniels School in the Hill to celebrate the life of John Miller.
Miller, who inaugurated a music program at the Daniels in 2007 and was the inspirational coordinator of Yale School of Music programs there and throughout the New Haven Public Schools, died in a Sept. 15 fall from the fourth floor of Hendrie Hall at Yale. He was 29 years old.
In a brief life, he set an example for how one of the world’s wealthiest universities can create opportunities for kids in an impoverished city.
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