Jim Miller

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 13, 1954    

Jim Miller

I've been involved in the professional music business since 1970, but incredibly, still enjoy playing the drums anyway. I consider it very fortunate that my Indianapolis grade school had a full band program and indoor plumbing as well. At age 12 the “music nun” yanked me from piano lessons to play drums in the orchestra because no one else had exhibited any natural proclivity toward becoming the scapegoat in the school's traditional losses at district band contests. Falling in love with the drums immediately, I demonstrated my interest and gratitude by ripping off drumsticks from the school, using them at home to break the heads on a pair of Emenee bongos...
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”...the element of surprise” in a set that is “musically inspiring, uncompromising, observant and technically impressive...” (
”With his characteristic flexibility, one that makes it sometime seem as if he's physically steering the band around the turns of whatever tune is rolling past” (-Cadence)
...”the orchestrational drummer of choice” (-Jazz Player magazine)
”...unbelievably difficult to listen to...” (-AllAbout

Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationPhiladelphia, PA

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundAdjunct Professor of Advanced Studies for Drumset at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. There, I also coach small Jazz ensembles, teach a Business of Music course, and accept private students. Call 267-250-8506 for more info.

Clinic/Workshop Information"A Brief History of Time-keeping," which is a Jazz History explained through the evolution of the modern drumset.

I build my own drumsets, and use Meinl cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks, various mallets and brushes.
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