Hall of Fame
Born in the Midwest; Snare drum lessons with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist; studied informally with J.C. Heard, John Von Ohlen, Ed Shaughnessy, and Alan Dawson. Began playing professionally in 1970 through a stylistic variety of original-material bands; moved to the East Coast in 1977. Co-founder of REVERIE, with performances at festivals, clubs, and colleges from New England to Florida, and leader of his own "MILLER TIME." As a sideman workshops and clinics, international (B.V. Islands, W. Indies, Mexico, Europe), much session work (studio/radio/TV). Administrator of ElectroJazz Music (BMI, 1980); w/ SUZANNE CLOUD founded ENCOUNTER RECORDS in 1986 and DREAMBOX MEDIA in 1995, resulting in Philadelphia Magazine's choice award for 1999 Best of Philly® Jazz Record Label; exclusive Artist Endorsement agreement with MEINL cymbals starting in 1987; Produced Evelyn Simms' "On My Own," awarded BEST JAZZ RECORDING OF 1989 by the Philadelphia Music Foundation; two trips to Europe w/ pianist BRIAN TRAINOR; Jazz History (AM CIV 261) lecturer at University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct for Advanced Study of DrumSet on Jazz Faculty at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.; Active Member American Federation of Teachers, Local 2373; advisory board member of JazzBridge.org and the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project. In early 2007, Dreambox Media / Encounter Records celebrated its twentieth anniversary, coinciding with its one hundredth release.