Flutist, Songwriter, Educator, and Author Delandria Mills is carving a place in the music industry with her unique combination of jazz, classical, and gospel music. A native of Houston, Texas, Delandria earned her undergraduate music bachelors degree from Prairie View A&M University and two graduate degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of Music: a masters degree in classical flute and a graduate performance diploma in jazz. As a classical flutist, she has served as principal flutist of the Baytown Symphony and assistant/associate principal flutist while at Peabody. Her teachers included Dr. Wendy Issac Bergin, Hubert Laws, Emily Skala, Paula Boots Hatcher, Horace Alexander Young, and Marina Piccinini.
Delandria's musical approach combines her beautifully velvet style, soulful interpretation, and extensive musical training to add dimension to her work, with the influences of Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Kim Burrell, and many other classical, jazz, and gospel artists, to produce a distinct sound.
Since beginning her musical journey Delandria has collaborated with a number the industry's finest jazz and gospel artists. Delandria has performed all over the world from Texas to Croatia. With a fluctuating ensemble which she is founder of, The Global Presents, brings forth music that inspires a global audience. Her impeccable skills earned her the top prize at the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003 and led to her being selected as one of six international young women to win the International Association of Jazz Educators' Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Competition in 2005, which resulted in a European tour. She served in the critically acclaimed band behind gospel pioneer Tye Tribbett Soundcheck from 2003 until 2008, in 2011 she toured with one of her mentors, famed jazz flutist, Hubert Laws, and in 2012 with tenor saxophonist the legendary Billy Harper.