World-renown harmonicist, George Miklas, grew up learning the art of playing the harmonica. From the age of ten, he participated in harmonica clubs in his home state of Ohio. In 1977, at the age of twelve, George attended his first Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) convention, of which he has attended faithfully for over forty years. In 2013, he and his daughter, Janalyn, attend the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. In 2014, he was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame and accepted an award in honor of his work with Jerry Murad's Harmonicats. In 2016, George and Janalyn were invited to perform and adjudicate at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival in Hsinchu City, Taiwan with, fellow chromatic harmonica player, Chris Bauer. George traveled once again to the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
George has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music and a Master of Education degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University.
George has the distinction of earning the very first MA in Music Education - Harmonica Performance degrees in the United States, conferred by Liberty University School of Music (NASM accredited) . His thesis was Harmonica Pedagogy for K-12 Music Educators and will be published as curriculum for music teachers and for a pre-professional instrumental methods course.
Miklas is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music Education degree at Liberty University School of Music. His research focuses on the Historical Record and Contemporary Applications of the Harmonica in Symphonic Works (Concerti), Broadway Pit Orchestras, Worship Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy.