Born: September 9, 1970 Primary Instrument: Drums
Artist/percussionist, composer, and educator Marcus L. Miller is a multi-talented artist based in Southern California. Since his arrival in CA in 1993, Miller has worked tirelessly in the music and education fields, carving out a unique niche for himself and his abilities.
Miller is bandleader of his World/Jazz ensemble Freedom Jazz Movement. Miller founded the group in 1998 and since then they have played throughout the East and West coasts of North America. Miller writes the music for the group and usually performs with his jazz sextet. The group's size ranges from a duo to a 12 piece ensemble including three percussionists, a three piece horn section, traps, bass, piano, vocals, poet, and dancer. Based in Los angeles, the group performs often with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at various theatres throughout the United States and internationally....
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Los Angeles, CA
Willing to teach:
Chesapeake (VA) public School System 1992 New Roads School percussion teacher 1998-2002 Community Harvest Charter School percussion teacher 2002-2006 Ocean Charter School 2005-present William Grant Still art center percussion instructor 2003-present Lula Washington Dance Theatre drum teacher 1998-present Private Drum teacher 1989-present;over 100 students serviced $50/hr-children 6-17; $75/hr-adults 18+
MarcusMillerDrums... The workshop focuses on the music and cultures of Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, USA, West Africa, Japan, India, and the Caribbean nations. Drums are used to help participants tap into the rhythm of life. Miller started the workshops in 1997 at the St. Elmo Village art center. "Saturday mornings, kids would gather and we would play traditional rhythms as well original on drums, buckets, cans, anything we could find to make a sound." Miller has worked with numerous organizations and has facilitated workshops for thousands of audiences in North America, Mexico, & the Caribbean. He has worked with the Skirball Cultural Center, Los angeles County Museum of Art, CA Africam-American Museum, the Getty Museum, KidsSpace Museum, LA Public & County library systems, Inland Empire Public library system, Riverside Public Library system, STAR Foundation, Jack& Jill, Boys & Girls Club of America, the Heart Foundation, A Chance for Children Foundation(a.k.a. Camp Baywatch), Global Arts To Go, Manhattan Beach cultural arts center, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, William Grant Still art center, St. Elmo Village, Percussion Artists Workshop, Heart of Los Angeles, ArtSmart-San Francisco, SmartSpace-Culver City, and many others. Workshop focus: • Children learn the names & origins of various drums as well as the language[drum] associated with each drum. • Students also participate by playing rhythms and singing songs. • Culturally correct & historically accurate stories are used to relate valuable lessons or important facts. • Fosters better communication between different ethnic groups •Teaches participants basic music notation and counting concepts • Introduces participants to basic rhythm patterns