Devon Melillo is an active music educator from Sioux Falls, SD and directs the High School and 5th Grade Bands in the Lennox School District. Recently graduated from South Dakota State University with his Bachelor of Music Education, Devon’s performance experience includes leading the SDSU Pride of Dakotas Marching Band Drumline on snare drum, as well as serving as principal percussionist in collegiate-level Wind Ensembles and Intercollegiate Bands. Additionally, Devon marched in River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2018. In his senior year of college, Devon was awarded the Schultz-Werth Research Grant Award based on his published paper, The Impact of Percussion from John Cage, and named SDSU School of the Performing Arts Honoree. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Devon has taught both indoor and outdoor marching programs in the Sioux Falls and Twin Cities area, most notably with Rosemount High School, Brandon Valley High School, and River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps/Indoor Drumline. Last January, Devon was invited to present performance clinics at Minnesota’s annual “Day of Percussion” event. Under Devon’s direction, his private lesson students have been selected to perform in All-State Middle School & High School Band, as well as world-class drum corps and winter guard international ensembles.
In his free time, Devon enjoys finding new recipes in the kitchen, binge-watching Game of Thrones or The Office, and spending time gardening or exercising outside!