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 duties at Allen University consist of overseeing the percussion ensemble, applied percussion, and assisting with all other musical campus ensembles. Jovon holds active professional memberships within the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Racial Diversity Alliance, and the Percussive Arts Society.
Rhythm! Scene: What other jobs, music or otherwise, did you have prior to your current university position?
Jovon Milford: Before I began teaching at Allen University, I taught elementary music. I’ve done a few years of teaching privately at a percussion studio as well, and I have also served as the director of percussion for various high schools.
R!S: What's one thing in your institution or city/town (other than your school of music or music department) that you are proud to tell people about?
JM: South Carolina is known in this area for its subtropical beaches and marsh-like sea islands. Students who attend Allen University have the opportunity to see first-hand how eye catching the city and the university are, and they are able to experience the many different cultures and historical sites the city has to offer.
R!S: What's one thing about you that your students would unanimously proclaim?
JM: My students would most likely say that I take the art of teaching percussion very seriously and that I’m always creating additional ways to help students meet their fullest musical potential.
R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?
JM: Marimba is my most favorite percussion instrument. I’ve selected this instrument because you’re able to create harmony. I also like the warm, unique sound that this instrument produces along with the many different capabilities it has to offer.
R!S: Where did you grow up, and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?
JM: I was raised in St. Stephen, South Carolina. As a child I developed a habit for beating and banging on surfaces. This led me in the direction to want to play percussion instruments. When I was in elementary school, I attended a homecoming parade and saw the marching band perform; from that point I decided that’s what I wanted to be involved in musically.