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Rodney Miller pursues his musical career in Heidelberg

PORT CLINTON — You can take a man out of his music, but you can’t take the music out of the man — even if he walked away on purpose.

When former Port Clinton High School band principal Rodney Miller retired after 34 years leading bands last spring, he planned to refocus his life. He wanted to spend more time with his family, which his busy career had stifled.

When he accepted the position of conductor of orchestras and professor of music education at the University of Heidelberg in Tiffin this summer, he found a way to do both.

Miller took over the job from Elmore native and famed band manager Jon Waters, who accepted a position as assistant professor of sports band instruction and music education at Bowling Green State University. Miller’s position in Heidelberg is considered “significant part-time,” which gives him the freedom to continue enjoying his family like never before.

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