Jeff Willner began his teaching career in and taught Orchestra, Band and Competitive Marching Band at various high schools in the south bay and peninsula before landing at Paly in the fall of 2000. He has been there ever since. A trumpet player, Mr. Willner received his BA in Music Education at San Jose State University and his MA in Music Ed, at The Ohio State University. He also holds an MA in school administration from Santa Clara University.
Since college and while teaching Mr. Willner has continued playing trumpet in the San Jose Wind Symphony, San Jose Municipal Band and the Foothill Symphonic Winds under former Paly director Dave Adams. Mr. Willner has performed under some of the greatest band conductors of the past century including Dr. Vernon Read, Col. Arnold Gabriel, and Frederick Fennell, the band director of band directors.
While in high school, Mr. Willner spent two years in the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, winning a national championship one of those years. That experience inspired his work with the Paly Pep Band for the home football games.
Over his nearly forty years as a music educator, Mr. Willner still gets thrilled every day by the sounds created by his students and the interactions that he is allowed to have with them musically and personally on a daily basis. Mr. Willner lives in the South Bay in a very old house with his wife Inger and their four children, twins David and Celia and other twins Anne and Isabel. Yes, everyone plays an instrument.
The 2021-2022 year will be Greg Miller’s 18th year teaching instrumental music. Greg began his teaching career at The University of Akron gaining valuable experience assisting the conductors of the 3 concert bands, the marching band, as well as directing the basketball pep band. He has additional experience teaching public school in Ohio and has most recently spent 11 years teaching at JLS, Greene and Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto.
Mr. Miller holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from The University of Akron. His mentor teachers include Robert Jorgensen, Galen Karriker, Laurie Lafferty, Ann Usher, Gene Milford, Edward Zadrozny, Tucker Jolly, and Scott Johnston. He is a Blended Certified teacher completing the training in the spring of 2019. He currently serves on the CMEA Bay Section Board as the Innovation and Learning Representative.
Greg, a trombone player, currently performs with the San Jose Wind Symphony. He also performs at local churches, community theater, and school theater groups.
Greg lives with his wife, Carrie, daughter Aria, son Grayson, and their cat Luna. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, hiking, exploring new restaurants, and just spending time at home relaxing.