Chris Miller is known by most as a legendary Cajun music musician but some of you might not know that Chris Miller has also been an educator for 33 years now. That's right, Chris Miller has been a teacher for 33 years and has been working here in Calcasieu Parish.

He is the choir teacher at Barbe High School in Lake Charles and has taught and mentored thousands of students throughout his career. One of the things Barbe is known for is their show choir and Mr. Miller has been a big part of that through the years.

Now most of you know him as part of Chris Miller & Bayou Roots, the legendary Cajun music band. He has been honored by the Cajun French Music Association with the Accordionist of the Year, Band of the Year, Recording of the Year, and People's Choice awards.

Accordion (Photo by TSM/C Fruge)

Now that is some recognition for all the great music he has put out throughout his career and acknowledgment of his passion to keep Cajun music's culture, heritage, and language alive.

Now Chris Miller has decided to retire from teaching and his friends, students, and fans are throwing him a retirement party this Saturday, May 13th in Lake Charles. It will take place at Crying Eagle on East McNeese Street from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Facebook social media event page said,

Come celebrate the AMAZING MR. MILLER'S work, dedication, and inspiration throughout his 33 years of teaching! He's made such a difference to his students and his community throughout his career, and we can't wait to shower him with fellowship, gratitude, music, and love!

The lineup for that party is:

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Open Mic Session
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm --- Calcasieu Good Time Family Band
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm --- Barbe Show Choir 2022-23

Go out and celebrate this great musician, teacher, and friend. Congrats Chris and thank you for 33 years of service, sir!

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